Board Chairman of Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO), Hon. Robin Faley, has warned against political interference in implementation of government projects as such politicisation goes against President Koroma’s Agenda for Prosperity. Faley was speaking on Thursday 25th June 2015, during an official Handing-Over Ceremony of about eight vehicles, nine motor bikes and boats to Minister of Water Resources, Momodu E Maligi III for the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project. The handing-over was done by the Honourable Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh at the Degremont Store in Kissy, Freetown.
Faley also used the chance to outline the functions and responsibilities of the SALWACO Board which includes; to formulate policy and to provide access to safe drinking water through effective monitoring.
The Minister of Water Resources, Momodu E. Maligi III, in his statement, gave a brief historic background on the foundation of SALWACO which he said was created in 2001 by an Act of Parliament. He said upon his appointment as minister, he revamped the company and assured that the resources will be used judiciously as his company now has effective and efficient staff that is result oriented.
Maligie cautioned detractors to refrain from any activity that will delay the implementation of the Rural Water Supply project and encouraged them to work with the ministry to complement the President’s vision for the people of this country.
On his part, the Principal Water and Sanitation engineer of AFDB and Task Team Leader, Mr. Rogers Lubunga emphasized on the benefit of the Rural Water Project, adding that he is confident that his Institution will ensure that the rural people have access to clean and purified water supply in the various project implementation districts.
Director of SALWACO, Mr. Samuel Bangura divulged that his company has constructed about 40 water stations nationwide. This, he said, was as a result of the effectiveness and commitment of the company and the ministry.
Meanwhile, in his handling over speech, the Vice President said that the project has been well structured and beseeched those that will be in charge, to handle the resources with care. He admonished them to ensure that the items are strictly used for only their intended purposes.
Giving a background of the project, VP Foh recalled in 2013 when Board of Directors of African Development Bank met and approved the sum of $43.27 million to finance Sierra Leone’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project which was aimed at increasing access to water and sanitation in the pastoral areas of the country.
The ceremony was chaired by the Board Chairman of Electricity and Water Regulatory Commissioner, Ibrahim Thorlu Bangura.
Source Credit: Alimatu Fofanah SLENA
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