Following a request from the government of Sierra Leone to the Japanese government for help in the provision of safe drinking water in Kambia town the government of Japan has reciprocated by dispatching a preparatory survey team to make an assessment on what needs to be done in the implementation of the project.
The nine man team which mainly constitutes technicians was led by the Deputy Resident Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Ghana Hitoshi Sato. The team has already concluded the preparatory survey and yesterday submitted the report to the Minister of Energy and Water Resources.
The team leader Hitoshi Sato disclosed to this press that according to agreement with the government of Sierra Leone the project will provide public taps, water supply to government buildings like the hospital, and the Military base. He said the project which is part of Japan’s grant aid scheme to Sierra Leone does not cover water supply connection to private homes.
Hitoshi Sato assured that with the experiences JICA’s technical team has derived from the implementation of the Rokupr water supply project in the same Kambia town he is confident that the same will be replicated in Kambia town.
The team leader revealed that as a result of the field survey conducted they have agreed that the water treatment plant will be constructed within the site of the existing Kambia waterworks so that no land acquisition or resettlement of dwellers would be required. In addition to that the existing asbestos pipes in the town shall remain untouched.
In his statement the Minister of Energy and Water Resources Prof. Ogunlade Davidson thanked the team for undertaking the survey adding that the government of Japan has been contributing to capacity building of staffs in both the energy and water resources sections of the Ministry.
He said before the rebel war almost all provincial head quarter towns had pipe borne water but as a result of the war and neglect, all of the water supply facilities had gone down the drain. He appreciated the fact that the government of Japan has stepped in to salvage the situation. By William Freeman