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Sierra Leone News : SALWACO’s Samuel Bangura Bags Overwhelming Confidence of Donor Partners
By Abdul Malik Bangura
Feb 28, 2017, 17:02
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Samuel Bangura, Director General of the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) has scored another victory as he bags overwhelming confidence of donor partners.

This has boosted the company’s moral among its staff.

 

Samuel Bangura, since assuming the position of Director General of SALWACO has put in place productive strategies and modalities that have catapulted the institution to a position of prominence.

 

Donor supports keep flowing in as a result of the institution‘s tremendous strides in addressing the water and sanitation needs of Sierra Leone rural population. All of which are core in the President’s Agenda for Prosperity.

 

Samuel Bangura, Director General of SALWACO

 

Under his able leadership, SALWACO has completed the three Water Town Projects in Makeni, Bo and Kenema. It was also understood that donors have also approved another USD 41 Million for the rural water project; USD 1 Million for connection which will provide employment for youths. This development is welcome news to the government especially at this time when President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is a year off from power, and he relies heavily on key sectors to deliver on his legacies. Rural Water Supply is one of the President’s key legacies.

 

Samuel Bangura yesterday Monday 27th February 2017, confirmed to the Awareness Times Newspaper that his company has received a loan of USD 13.15 Million to enhance the implementation of the Three Town Water Supply and Sanitation Project.

 

The loan is an effort to further provide improved access to adequate, safe and reliable water supply and public sanitation services in the country. The OFID loan of USD13.15 Million is an additional funding to a Three Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Bo, Kenema and Makeni with the African Development Bank and was co-financed by OFID in 2011.

 

Speaking to Awareness Times Newspaper, Dr. Joe Ben Davies, Coordinator Three Town Water Project at SALWACO said after implementing the first project by the end of 2016, they realized that there is more to be done. He highlighted that there was an assumption that cities would grow 2% a year, but that in the case of Makeni, it is overwhelming.


Dr. Davies furthered that the project had initially not budgeted for the increased growth of population in the three cities of Makeni, Bo and Kenema, but that since they completed the pre-commissioning of water supply in the three cities, they realized that there is the need to give water supply to people in expanded areas. He also said, after completing the initial project, they realized that there are massive infrastructures in those expanded areas so SALWACO is obliged to give water supply to them.


In addition, the Coordinator of the Project said it is difficult for them because people now illegally extract water from pipelines, and that now affect the water supply chain in rural communities.

 

He therefore said, after the pre-commissioning, they compiled an appraisal document for the project. He said this appraisal document comprises a rap-up and aid memoir about what they have found out and what they think they should do to address the issue of providing water supply to extended areas. Against this backdrop, he said, this is why SALWACO suggested to its donors for further funding so that this pressing issue could be addressed. There come about the additional USD13.15 Million additional loan.

 

Meanwhile, it could be recalled that since the cooperation between Sierra Leone and OFID started in 1976, the latter has extended eighteen loans to Sierra Leone. The total value has reached USD 150 million. The approved loans supported education, energy, transport, water supply and sanitation sectors.

 

OFID had also contributed to the reduction of Sierra Leone’s debt under the HIPC Initiative, thereby allowing the release of funds for the development of vital social sector projects. The country has also benefited from OFID Grants aimed at both Regional and National Programs.


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