By SALWACO Communications Unit
The Ministry of Water Resources and the Management team of the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) over the weekend concluded three days field visit in Kambia, Kabala and Magburaka to inspect and look at the work going on at the water supply project sites in these districts.
The purpose of the visit was to look at the ongoing work and progress made so far since the inception of the project.
The Six Towns Water Supply Project is a government funded project under the leadership of President Julius Maada Bio.
Speaking during the visit the Minister of Water Resources Ing. Philip Karimu Lansana thanked SALWACO staff and contractors for the work done so far, noting that the Six Towns Water Project is at the heart of President Bio who is eager to see quality, adequate and affordable water supply for his people in the whole country.
“This project is not only going to improve water supply but sanitation as well, thereby giving greater access to good health to our people in rural communities. This visit will not be the only visit we are going to do, but various other visits will be made as part of the effort to monitor and make sure the contractors deliver on their mandate, he emphasized.”
The Minister encouraged the Project Management Team and contractors to do their best noting that the government is focused on development activities and the water supply project is part of it.
“We have seen the expansion of these districts and the need to have this water supply project. The population in these districts continues to grow and the more reason for increase in the expansion of water supply projects to all communities under our mandate”, the Minister said.
He said that water is key in the development of the human person, adding that with the availability of water, school going kids especially girls will be kept in schools to respond adequately to the free quality education and sanitation as well.
The Managing Director of SALWACO, Ing. George Lamin Vandi speaking to mark the end of the three-day visit said that SALWACO has been able to put in place a Project Management Team and that the team is doing a very good job.
Ing. Vandi praised the Project Manager, Ing. Yankuba Jusu Tarawallie for a job well done adding that the team was doing a fantastic job.
The Managing Director noted that various projects have failed over the years but this Six Towns Water Supply Project will not tow that line while assuring that progress made so far will be continued in the remaining towns. Ing. Vandi also showered praises on the contractors and encouraged them to continue doing this fine job.
“Let us be reminded that the monies we are using for this project is tax payers’ money and we must make sure we put them into good use for the people to see how their monies are spent and also for proper accountability. The project activity is purely engineering and that there is need to do the work in a proper way that will stand the test of time” he concluded.
The Manager- Project Management Team, Ing. Yankuba Jusu Tarawallie explained the progress made since the inception of the project, noting that work is in progress and that contractors are in advanced stage of implementation.
He said that despite the Corona virus pandemic which has forestalled many projects within the country this particular work is on course with contractors working hard on daily basis.
He said pipes have been manufactured and that the contractors have supplied pipes to the project sites while noting that the contractors will soon start fixing and lying pipe network within the targeted towns.
The Project Manager highlighted few challenges ranging from delays in the disbursement of funds but assured that work will be completed within the project stipulated time.
“This project life span is eighteen months and we are sure work will be complete within the stipulated time frame. The project has two components: the design with onsite work supervision and the second is the construction of the facilities” he said.
The joint team started the three-day field visit last Thursday beginning with Kambia district where they met with staff and contractors working on the project. The team continued to Kabala.
The Six Towns Water Supply project is funded by the government of Sierra Leone as part of the effort by the New Direction Government of President Julius Maada Bio.
The visit ended in Magburaka with contractors assuring to finish work within the stipulated project time frame.
SALWACO’s main mandate is to develop and operate water services at reasonable cost and on self-supporting basis in all Provincial Cities, district Headquarters Towns and facilitate the provision of safe drinking water and sanitation in rural communities and Small Towns.