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Mercury to Construct First ‘All Girls’ School in Port Loko

Mercury international MD, Martin Michael signing the contract

Leading betting company in the country, Mercury International Wednesday, March 11 signed the first construction contract for ‘girls only’ secondary school in Port Loko City, North-Western Sierra Leone.

 The official signing ceremony for the construction of the Mercury Funded Government School took place at their Bathurst Street Office in Freetown in the presence of officials of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Education and the architects, Ideas Limited.

At the brief ceremony, Mercury international MD, Martin Michael reminded his audience of the time Mercury International management first pledged in 2018 when President Julius Maada Bio launched the Free Quality Education project. He said over a year ago, Mercury International signed an MoU with the Government of Sierra Leone for the construction of 90 classrooms or schools equivalent to 90 classrooms but due to circumstances beyond their control, the project implementation had to stall.

However, he said upon the appointment of Dr. Moinina Davisd Sengeh who replaced Mr. Alpha Timbo last year, Management of Mercury was encouraged by the new minister to revitalize the project.

 “Thanks to the enthusiasm and ambition of the young minister to see these schools constructed, and our desire to see the promise actualized, we have finally come to readiness to sign the first contract for the construction of the first ‘all-girls’ secondary school in Port Loko,” he pronounced. Martin Michael said to come to that point, they had to work together through weekends with support from the architect and consultant for the project, Ideas limited.

Why they chose Port Loko for the pilot phase, Mr. Michael recalled that Port Loko was chosen as the first recipient of their pledge to fulfill the promise the president, His Excellency made to the people for the construction of a school of such nature for them.

On the timeline for the project, the MD promised that once started, the school will be ready for use next academic year.

Martin Michael took the opportunity to thank the Minister for his support and cool demeanor in exercising patience, and for his environmental-friendly ideas that they incorporated in the project design. He also thanked Ideas Limited; staff and management of Mercury International, especially the chairman, Samir Hassanyeh and other stakeholders like Max Brandwain and Hassan Saad for standing firm to see the project kick-off.

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