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Sierra Leone News : IOM & ONS Hands Over Poly-Glu Water Purification Facility to Flood Victims in Mile 6
By John Koroma
Aug 11, 2017, 17:08
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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) through the Japanese government yesterday Thursday  10th August 2017, have handed over the first water purification facility that uses the innovative Japanese technology to residents of the Disaster Resettlement Community in Mile 6 at  Koya town to help flood victims with safe and pure drinking water.

 

Honorary Consul General of the Japanese Government in Sierra Leone, Dr. Kishore Shankerdas in the ceremony said that after the aftermath of the September 17th 2015, disaster that occured in the country, the International Organization for Migration made a passionate plea to the Japanese Government to assist. He added that the Japanese Government accepted to assist and the flood victims were relocated to Mile 6 and later the International Organization for Migration discovered that the people of Mile 6 and other resettlement places lack safe and pure drinking water. He went on to say that the Japanese Government again through the International Organization for Migration funded the project to provide the first water purification facility that uses the innovative Japanese technology to provide safe and pure drinking water for residents of four districts of the country including residents of Mile 6. He urged the beneficiaries of Mile 6 to handle the facilities with care as the Japanese Government is always willing to support the people of Sierra Leone.

 

Head of Mission, for the International Organization for Migration in Sierra Leone, Mr. Sanusi Savage during the handling over ceremony said that the International Organization for Migration has been able to implement the project in collaboration with the Office of National Security (ONS) through the generous funding provided by the Government and the people of Japan and the office of International Organization for Migration in Sierra Leone to implement the project titled “Strengthening Disaster, Preparedness, Response and Community Resilience in Sierra Leone.’’ He went on to say that the project aims to develop the capacity of the Office of the National Security (ONS) to manage disaster and enhance communities ‘resilience to disaster. He disclosed that the Japanese Government has been providing similar and related developmental assistance to Sierra Leone in different parts of the country. He went on to say that before using the water purification facility in Sierra Leone, they already started using the facility in Somalia. He went on to say that so far the facility has proven to be good and it has served the people of Somalia very well with safe and pure drinking water. Mr.  Sanusi Savage, head of mission of the International Organization for Migration thanked the Japanese Government for the supports and he further express thanks and appreciations to other governmental agencies that have helped in one way or the other to bring the project to fruition.

 

He also reaffirms the unflinching commitment of the International Organization for Migration to continue to support the Government of Sierra Leone in its Endeavour to deliver the fresh and juicy fruits of the democracy to its people. He added that he commended the water produced from the facility to all the inhabitants of Mile 6 and he went on to say that he hope that it will go a long way to address the chronic problem of portable water shortage as well as provide guarantee against water-borne diseases. He concluded that the office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Office of National Security (ONS) feel very confident to hand over the water treatment plant to Mile 6 community leaders and the District Council and he added that he hope that they will maintain and put it in good use.

 

Chief of Staff from the Office of the National Security, Dr. Ahmed Sannoh during the handling over ceremony expressed appreciation over the efforts of the Government of Japan in support of the people of Sierra Leone. He assured all present that the Office of the National Security (ONS) monitor the facilities and urged the people to handle the facilities with care. He went on to say that the office of the International Organization for Migration has done well to the people of Mile 6 and in other communities in giving assistance in various ways especially in responding to the needs of the people when disasters occurs.  As a way to showcase to people that indeed the water is safe and pure for drinking, both staff of the International Organization for Migration (IMO) and Office of the National Security (ONS) together with staff from the Ministry of water resource drank the water to restore the confidence of the people to drink the water.


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