President Ernest Koroma on Friday told Ecobank officials who visited him for the 14th August flood at his State House Office told them that the government and its partners are working very hard to relocate vulnerable communities to avert more disasters in the future.
The Ecobank group chairman who led the team Emmanuel Ikazobah told President Koroma that they were saddened with what happened in Sierra Leone.
They presented $150,000 as their own contribution in helping the country.
“As you know Ecobank is a West African Bank, but has grown to be in 29 African countries, helping to boost the African economies and making sure that we work with governments to make Africa a better place. It is for this reason that we came to identify ourselves with you and hope we will continue to work together for a better continent.”
Mr Ikazobah said the bank will continue to work with the government, because of the positive enabling environment provided. He said they are ready to help in whatever way the government plans to do the relocation.
President Koroma thanked the team and told them that he was happy for their visit and their continued commitment to help Sierra Leone.
“As you are aware, the August 14th disaster was a major one that cost us so many lives and we do not wish for such to happen, it is for this reason that we are working with our developing partners to see how we can relocate the vulnerable communities. After this our meeting, I will be meeting with the World Bank as they have put together their findings of what we have to do in the future to avert such disasters as well as getting communities relocated.”
He called on the bank to work harder to increase their presence around the country and help grow the economy. President Koroma said they will not relent this time as his government will definitely start the process that he said will continue after the elections for the next government to continue with.
The team from Ecobank included Ecobank CEO Ade Ayeyemi, Ecobank’s Managing Director Sierra Leone L. Aina Moore, Dr Sullay Kamara, acting chairman of the Borad Sierra Leone, Justice Cobbinah, Executive Director and Country Risk Head Sierra Leone and Adrian Pratt, Head Ecobank Busines Services.
Monday September 11, 2017