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South Leonean envoy hails Nigeria for $ 13 billion spent on liberation, Liberia

……… Says Nigeria a real big brother

By Ifeanyi Nwoko

Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to Nigeria Dr Solomon Gembeh said Nigeria has spent more than $ 13 billion for the liberation of his country and Liberia, saying Sierra Leone will never forget the role of big brother played by Nigeria in the wars which had engulfed the two countries.

Speaking to Nigeria’s News Agency (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, Gembeh said the role Nigeria has played and continues to play has exceeded the support it has received from Western countries.

He pointed out that Nigeria’s help came out of goodwill, with nothing demanded in return, rather than from a situation where such aid was paid for through national asset staking.

“Nigeria spent about $ 13 billion in Sierra Leone and Liberia during the war years, what happened to that money you spent on us? You just shook hands with the government and left; that’s what the brothers do.

“What the West would have done is ask us to pay this money to get concessions, oil rights and all that stuff.

“So when you talk about the aid that the African Development Bank and all these institutions have given to Sierra Leone, you look at what Nigeria has done for us. If you look at what the West claims to have done for Sierra Leone over the years, I think Nigeria is a real big brother to us, ”said Gembeh.

The High Commissioner underlined that beyond the enormous sums spent, Nigeria had continued to provide assistance to his country in the field of education which, he noted, had experienced some deterioration in the process of road.

He said that with Nigeria’s help and the focus of President Julius Bio’s current administration, education in his country was gradually being reorganized.

Gembeh said that funds from Nigeria and the African Development Bank (AfDB) were effectively used to educate its people, especially girls.

“We have a very dynamic young minister of elementary and secondary education in the person of Dr Moinas, who is a product of MIT in the United States of America, action-packed and ready to go.

“He used these funds focusing on girls in particular, making sure that all over the country there was primary education, of course free.

“We provide what we liked when we were in elementary school, we enjoyed the lunch served, you have free buses to take you to school, you eat there and there are teachers everywhere.

“People are starting to have computers, trying to get internet services in all schools, hard to reach places, make sure they don’t walk that many miles to school,” a- he declared.

He pointed out that when war broke out in Sierra Leone, it created a situation of decay in education with an entire generation that lost 10 years, but the nation was now forming a new generation and instilling new values ​​in them so that these values ​​can bring the nation where it should be.

“It will not be easy to see the end result of these educational interventions from these institutions and we hope for the funds that Nigeria still owes.

“Nigeria has given us funds and these things are still in the works, maybe these are areas that we may want to revisit over time. Anyway, Nigeria is our big brother, you have helped us a lot, even in this course which I just gave a lecture, it is sponsored by Nigeria.

“So, as the help you have given us is immeasurable, it is too difficult to quantify,” he said. (NAA)

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