The people of the Dworzak community and environs will now breathe a sign of relief as they will no longer walk miles to other communities to fetch water from wells and contaminated streams.
Over the weekend the Minister of Energy and Power, Haja Afsatu Kabba, commissioned one of the 44 boreholes which is a project funded by the Aw Qaf foundation and the Emirates of Sharjah.
In her keynote address, the minister said the event marked another milestone in the strengthening of the cordial relationship between the government of Sierra Leone and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, “as we launch the Aw Qaf boreholes”.
She added that in the interim, “it is government’s wish that boreholes should serve our communities whilst work on the main trunk line is in progress”.
Haja Afsatu Kabba averred that, “the digging of boreholes is an expedient means of providing sources of clean and pure water.”
She pointed out that as many of these boreholes were over 150 meters deep depending on the aquifer, “their use by our people for safe drinking water is important in staving off incidence of water- borne diseases like diarrhea and typhoid”.
Borehole drilling, the minister said, “has not been limited to Freetown alone”, noting that the present focus was on the more vulnerable settlements where water and sanitation problems were very critical.
The Energy and Power minister maintained that in the Koidu-Yengema conurbation alone, government had made ten boreholes available for the supply of portable water to over 20% of the population only as an interim measure. She emphasized that within the next 12 to 18 months, government would embark on a long term programme that would significantly address the water needs of the entire population.
The minister expressed government’s appreciation to our development partners and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this project especially for their support to the government and people of Sierra Leone.
Haja Kabba admonished the community people to use the borehole for its intended purposes and to be watchdogs as “water is life”.
She informed them that she would be paying visits to the community on a regular basis to know how they were using the borehole.
Addressing the community people El Hajj Amar Lo, director of African Projects at the Aw Qaf Foundation and the representative of the Emir of Sharjah, echoed that he was happy to participate in the launching of the 44 boreholes that, “we believe will improve the water supply and sanitation management system in Sierra Leone”.
He said His Highness the Emir of Sharjah wished to affirm that this important project was a gift for the benefit of the communities which lack adequate supply of safe and hygienic water.
The director of the African Projects thanked the Nimba Research and Consultancy and the Foramat Sierra Leone company that undertook the construction of the boreholes.
El Hajj Lo commended Ambassador Tejan Sie for his insistence and dynamism in bringing the project to fruition.
Alhaji Amadu Deen Tejan Sie, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on behalf of the community thanked the Aw Qaf Foundation and the Emirates of Sharjah for generously providing a borehole to improve water supply and sanitation management in the community.