By Tamba Steven Komba
Over eight billion Leones’ water project has been launched by the Commissioner of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) in seven chiefdoms including Port Loko, Karene, Tonkolili, Moyamba, and Kenema districts respectively.
The water project according to the Commissioner of NaCSA, Abu Bockarie Kokofele is part of government’s commitment to provide pure, safe, and affordable drinking water for consumers across the country.
Majority of Sierra Leoneans live in low income rural communities, where access to basic water supply is a huge challenge, and which results to tremendous human health and economic cost but also creates gender and other societal inequalities. The overall aim of the water project according to Commissioner Kokofele, is to support sustainable water security in rural communities.
This intervention is a sub project of the Sierra Leone Demand Driven (SLCDD II-Gietrenk) project funded by the Government of Sierra Leone and the Islamic Development Bank with an estimated cost of over eight billion Leones.
The Director of Water Resources, Augustine Tucker applauded the leadership of NaCSA in their stride to provide safe and affordable water supply to rural communities. He added that, the government of President Julius Maada Bio, is passionate about the welfare of each and every sierra Leonean irrespective of their status. The launching of the water project in seven chiefdoms across five Districts he said is a clear manifestation of that.
The opportunities for civil societies to perform their monitoring functions in implementing capital projects like this remain enormous. Danie Kpewa a civil society representative, entreated the community people to take ownership of the project. ‘many communities in Sierra leone today need similar opportunities, if government through NaCSA is providing you this opportunity, kindly make good use of it,’ Daniel Kpewa advised.
It was a weeklong event that saw the attendance of NaCSA’s Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, senior officials of NaCSA, Resident Minister – North, North-west, South and East witnessing the launch of the project in their respective regions.