Residents of Aberdeen, west of Freetown are crying foul over the lack of basic utilities. Bad roads, inadequate or no supply of electricity and the constant cut-off of water supply is the order of the day in Aberdeen Village.
Alfred Johnson is a resident of Aberdeen and a civil servant who told AWOKO that the poor condition of the Aberdeen Road Junction to Aberdeen Village had reduced the number of commercial transports plying the routes of Aberdeen to Wilkinson Road and most times drivers have to increase their transport fair to one thousand five hundred Leones instead of the regular one thousand Leones especially at night.
Aminata Conteh, a pupil said that she had to wake up at 3:30 a.m in order for her to fetch water because water over the past eight months has been a serious problem for them.
This is due to the prolonged construction work going on along the 300m drive off Cape road where the main Guma Valley water pipe is buried.
Aunty Anita, a grandmother of six, said the only thing that can keep her going is when there is electricity supply and now the supply of electricity is almost impossible while kids normally shout “light don cam” any time electricity is supplied to Aberdeen.
Staff of CSE, a road construction company who had been working on the 300m Cape Road Aberdeen since 2011, told AWOKO that they are working based on the terms and conditions of their contract and that the road will be completed only when Guma Valley had replaced their pipe along the Cape Road and this had taken over eight months, which leaves the community in total deprivation.
Staff of the National Power Authority working on the road on the other hand, say that CSE are busy cutting their underground cables and that they have to maintenance them each time the CSE staff damage their facilities.
These has left the community in limbo because there is no true and clear fault handler.
Meanwhile, this road construction has caused a lot of discomfort to the residents because there is a deep gutter right through the Cape road leaving the forcing the old people to stay indoors during the period, especially when the staff of CSE report for work twice every two weeks and most times start work at mid-day and finish the day’s job at 4:00pm.
Many of the residents, AWOKO spoke with, said that the authorities seem to have totally forgotten them in Aberdeen and the common slogan now in Aberdeen is “NA BAD WE DO?”.
By Alie Turay