In a move to provide pipe borne safe drinking water for the people of Kambia town, the Minister of Energy and Water Resources Professor Ogunlade Davidson has on behalf of government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to undertake consultancy of the entire project and make further recommendation to the government of Japan on its implementation.
The Signing ceremony took place past week at the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources after JICA had already concluded a preparatory survey to access the appropriateness of the request from the government of Sierra Leone towards the provision of safe drinking water in Kambia town.
The project will be implemented at the national level by the Water Supply Division of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and at the local level in the Kambia District Council. They will be charged with the responsibility to operate and maintain the facilities to be constructed under the project.
Details of the MOU established the responsibilities of all parties that are concerned with the implementation of the project.
Both sides agreed that the prime objective of the project is to supply safe water to as many people as possible through public taps.
The JICA consultancy team which was led by Hitoshi Sato requested the government of Sierra Leone to timely allocate necessary amount of budget for smooth implementation of the project and to also assign counterpart personnel during the period of the preparatory survey.
According to the MOU document there is plan to establish a Public Corporation tentatively named as Kambia Water Supply and Sanitation Board which will be responsible for water services in Kambia town through proper operation and maintenance of the facilities to be constructed in the project.
The Minister Prof. Ogunlade Davidson commended JICA consultancy team for undertaking a detailed survey of the project. He added that Japanese are always thorough in whatever they do and so he has no doubt that the project will be smoothly implemented as soon as possible.
Some members of JICA’s technical preparatory survey team of the project are still in Sierra Leone to continue with their assessment.