In Complementing Government’s Effort To Actualize Free Education… Mercury Int.  Pledges Le12B To Construct Schools



Public Relations Department, Mercury International

The premier sports betting and lottery company, Mercury International on Thursday 9th August, 2018 presented a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the Minister of Basic Primary and Secondary Education, Mr. Alpha Osman Timbo at his New England Ville office in Freetown for the construction of 80 classroom buildings.

The proposal is geared towards complementing Government’s effort in achieving its flagship programme which is the free and quality education package, taking into cognizance the seeming infrastructural challenge to actualize the free education.

Presenting the proposal to Minister Timbo, the Management of Mercury International Company SL Ltd. congratulated the Minister on his appointment and assured him of Mercury’s continuous commitment to support the government in the development of the country through education.

Mercury’s support to education over the years has been very much conspicuous, ranging from providing scholarships for qualified Sierra Leoneans to pursue professional courses overseas to the payment of school fees for over one thousand primary and secondary pupils and tertiary and university students on annual basis.

According to the Management, support to education is the right step to nation building, hence prioritizing educational support in the area of its corporate social responsibility through the Mercury International Charitable Foundation

“Mercury will fund the construction of 80 single classrooms in 4 phases of 20 classrooms each, starting this year; with the first phase to commence 1st October, 2018 and ends in September, 2019”, the Management disclosed.

It further noted that the Ministry reserves the right for the specification, building permits and the allocation of lands for the construction of the classrooms in a justifiable manner as it deems fit and that the entire project is expected to cost about Le12 billion (USD 1,500,000.00).

The proposed MOU also provides that the procurement process will be supervised by the Ministry with advance payment, regular valuation payment and a final payment to be made by Mercury International directly into the respective contractor’s accounts within 30 days from receipt of valuation certificates from the Ministry.

Meanwhile, there should be an open bid for which final decisions would be made by a joint committee from Mercury International and the Ministry of Basic Primary and Secondary Education, taking due consideration of the recommendations of the procurement committee, but not necessarily bound by it.

Receiving the proposed contract, Minister Timbo expressed his profound gratitude to Mercury International for such a laudable venture in complementing government’s effort to actualize the free and quality education in the country.

“It is clear that there are infrastructural challenges with the implementation of the free education, but the 80 classrooms from Mercury will help greatly to accommodate close to 6000 pupils across the country,” Minister Timbo said.

He also assured Mercury of the Ministry’s unwavering and unflinching commitment to ensure the successful implementation of the project and assured that the process would be free and fair, adding that his Ministry would ensure proper monitoring and evaluation of the project until it is completed.

Minister Timbo in his concluding statement called on other corporate bodies to emulate the exemplary footstep of Mercury International as part of their corporate social responsibility to support government’s efforts on its national developmental strides.