The former Councilor and Chairman Steering Committee at Kroobay, Murray Alie Conteh has said that “Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are not helping the community in terms of flooding”.
Conteh made this statement whilst talking to Awoko on the challenges they faced in the community such as flooding ,poor drainage, housing, health and sanitation.
He stressed that, the reasons are that these NGOs plan for the community without consulting them to know what they need and what they don’t need.
And when they implement their projects it does not reflects in the community.
The Chairman noted that all we wanted now is protecting flooding in the Kroobay community with the help of NGOs and government.
Murray Conteh disclosed that residents in Kroobay are also contributing factor to flooding –because people are banking the drainages and river to build their houses.
This he said is bad considering that when its rain heavily , the water comes with high tide causing flood because there are not enough space for the water to pass through.
He stated that flooding will stop in the community if government touches some areas of the community by relocating people who build close to the river or drainage to other places.
Chairman Conteh maintained that what we have done for the past two weeks was meeting with the Minister of Lands to see how these problems could be addressed.
In the meeting, he said that the Minister proposed to them relocation of people to other locality, adding that when the government is ready they will partner with government to ensure that people are relocated.
On health, he said that over the past years the health centre in the community was operating without drugs, but now the clinic is equipped with enough drugs supplied by government and other NGOs .The former councilor noted that shortly after the flooding occur in Kroobay, Office of National Security (ONS) and Concern Worldwide came with more drugs to the clinic. He pointed out that, the poor network of the drainage system is also causing problem in the community.
As elders in the community “we met with some NGOs for the extension and improvement of the health centre”.The community he explained has poor housing facilities especially is one of the major problems the community is facing, adding because of the flooding entrance doors to some houses are like windows. He called on government to help the community in that direction
Presently, he said NGO like Save the Children UK, Concern World Wide, Youth Action International (YAI) and Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) are helping the community.
He accounted that YWCA is constructing a multi purpose centre with internet café for the community
By Abibatu Kamara