Shortly after taking up office as Minister he recommended the changing of his Ministry’s name from Ministry of Energy and Power to the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources.
The new Minister Professor Ogunlade Davidson on Tuesday 5th May, held a press conference in the Board room of the Ministry’s office at Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown.
The meeting provided the opportunity for heads of various departments within the Ministry to brief the Fourth-Estate on developments within their respective departments.
Giving an overview of events surrounding his Ministry, Professor Davidson disclosed that the Guma Valley Water Company which is one of his constituents is faced with numerous problems ranging from reduced water supply to leakages caused by damaged water pipes within the City of Freetown.
He noted that the increase in the population of the city is a major contributing factor to effective water supply. The damaged water pipes resulting to huge waste of water further compounds the problem.
The Minister revealed that 40% of the daily water supply in Freetown goes down the gutters as a result of leaks and poor connections. The usual daily water supply of 22 million gallons to the city has been reduced to 16 million gallons per-day due to fall in water level in the dam at Mile 13.
Making a move to salvage the problem of insufficient water supply the Minister revealed that three different feasibility studies have been concluded for the construction of another dam at Orogu village in the east end of Freetown.
The Chief engineer of Guma Valley Water Company, Mr. Koroma disclosed that a team of leaks experts is due to arrive in Freetown by next week to help control the problem of water leakage in the city. He pointed out that there is high level of leakage in the West end of the city more than any other area of Freetown.
They have developed a proposal and submitted it to the Kuwaiti fund for approvals towards the rehabilitation of water dams in eight district headquarter towns in the country. On the issue of Electricity, the Minister went on to say that all properties on the right of way of the Bumbuna connection will be demolished and only those with legal building permits to build in those areas will be compensated.