|President Koroma Receives UNOPS Regional Director|
By State House Communication Unit
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma Monday February 6, 2017, received the Regional Director for Africa Region of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Honore Dainhi, at State House in Freetown.
Mr Dainhi, according to the Minister of State 2, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Isata Kabia, is in the country to make a follow up on the September 2016 meeting that President Koroma had with Executive Director, Under Secretary General, Mrs. Grete Faremo, at the last UN General Assembly in New York.
UNOPS is providing rural renewable energy service in Sierra Leone under the Ministry of Energy, and as Mr Dainhi noted, “there is no development without energy” and that they are working towards a timeline.
Meanwhile, the sub-regional director also informed the president about UNOPS having expertise to provide technical assistance in different fields, including but not limited to education, agriculture, energy, national procurement and physical infrastructure. He therefore emphasised the need to work in partnership with government.
President Koroma welcomed the Regional Director with special thanks for UNOPS’s various interventions in the country, including their contribution in the fight against Ebola, support to design the construction of a new Administrative Headquarters in Freetown for Transnational Organized Crime, procurement support to the Health Ministry, National Ebola Response Centre, and above all training locals in the energy sector which will help to better enhance the country’s energy supply.
The president acknowledged the challenges facing the country but however expressed hope that UNOPS would give the required support to mitigate some of the challenges. “The line ministries will be working with you for necessary support,” he said, and emphasized that energy “is very important to us and we shall therefore collaborate with you in that direction.”
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