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In Sierra Leone, ADB Plans to Restore Pipe Borne Water to Provincial Locations
By Mohamed Kabba
Jul 28, 2010, 17:22

As a sign of the APC-led Governmentís vision to restore pipe borne water to Provincial locations all over Sierra Leone, a team of experts from the African Development Bank (ADB) and Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) on Friday 23 July 2010 held talks with the Makeni City Council and Civil Society groups in that part of the country to find ways of reactivating sustainable water supply project for Makeni City.

Addressing stakeholders at a well attended meeting at the New City Hall, the ADB team leader, Mr. Tom Robert Mogoya said the Bank and the Government of Sierra Leone are finalising an agreement for the construction of a 28 million Euros water supply system for Makeni and its immediate environs.

Mr Mogoya further stated that the project would cover 15 kilometre pipe water distribution system, the compensation of property owners whose properties will be destroyed during the process as well as capacity building for SALWACO staff and other stakeholders.

The ADB team leader disclosed that the project would provide a revolving loan to help consumers to connect with the water system and pay later. He used the forum to appeal to stakeholders and community members to work with SALWACO to improve on the water supply system in that city.

Mr. Edmund Koroma representing the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development said Makeni had been denied access to pure water since 1972, with residents largely depending on dug out water wells for consumption. ďAny time from now, the people of Makeni will no longer depend on well water as the ministry is ready to work with ADB and SALWACO to set up the water system in the city as well as increase on distribution to new areas,Ē he iterated.

In his statement the Mayor of Makeni City, His Worship Moses Sesay noted that the project was another feather added to the cap of the Council. He said they have been embarrassed by series of questions from residents on their development plans with regards the provision of pure drinking water. He assured ADB and SALWACO of Councilís total support towards the realisation of the water project.

SALWACO Regional Manager, Mr. Alimamy Kargbo commended ADB for coming to their aid, adding that SALWACO was ready to work and improve on water distribution in Makeni City.

Visitation to various SALWACO facilities in and out of Makeni climaxed the occasion.

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