From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Blackout, Water Shortage Hit Wilkinson Road
By Abdul Karim Fonti Kabia
Dec 14, 2010, 17:10

Residents of Wilkinson Road and its environs are currently suffering from acute water shortage and lack of electricity supply (blackout).

It all started when the Chinese Contractors commenced work on the four lane Wilkinson Road project.

Prior to the commencement of the road work, it was anticipated that the National Power Authority (NPA) and the Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC) were going to work in collaboration with the Chinese Contractors in order to prevent damage of valuable equipments belonging to the two government parastatals.  These expectations were thwarted when the Chinese people commenced demolition and drilling exercises in various parts along Wilkinson Road without the presence of the two government parastatals.

With no knowledge of the locations of underground water pipes and cables, the road construction machines are busy destroying such facilities.

The damages on water pipes and electricity equipment have not only resulted in water shortage and power outage, but are also posing threats to the lives of people.

The streets are flooded with water oozing out from the damaged pipes, whilst the NPA cables are nakedly abandoned in certain areas. Several people have already become victims of falling into potholes and gutters along the Wilkinson Road and in some case sustaining serious leg and hand fractures and injuries. 

The destruction of NPA cables and other equipment have for the past several weeks placed certain areas along Wilkinson Road under constant power outage (blackout). Same is happening for the water supply and residents are having sleepless nights going in search of potable water.

Children and young girls are always out on the streets during odd hours of the night to fetch water; a situation that puts their lives at risk.

The need for authorities concerned to intervene and right the wrongs cannot be overemphasized as the situation continues to deteriorate to an unacceptable level.

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