Following the just concluded ceremony to mark the signing of performance contract with the Minister of Energy & Power, Haja Afsatu Kabba, the newly constituted Board of Directors, of the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO), has ended its first meeting.
Addressing Members in the Company’s head office, Tower Hill in Freetown yesterday, the Chairman of the Board, Mrs. Shirley V. Rogers-Wright, dilated on the importance of the meeting, noting that it is aimed at mapping out of strategies to enhance the smooth and effective running of the Company.
The Chairman recorded thanks and appreciation to the Minister of Energy and Power and the President for the recommendation and appointment of all ten of them to the august body. Since the President’s expression of confidence resulted in their respective appointments, Mrs. Rogers-Wright observed that it is a challenge to them; and that is why “we are resolved as Board members through commitment and high sense of responsibility in all our deliberations to take SALWACO to greater heights,” she stressed.
The Chairman further observed that it is their responsibility as Board Members to direct the Company and be accountable to Government for achieving the agreed aims and objectives of the institution. As they have come to realize that SALWACO in itself has a lot of problems that could be perceived as challenges, she said, it is very important that the Board should have the determination to co-operate with management in meeting successfully those challenges.
Mrs. Rogers-Wright reminded all members that they are representatives and not delegates of government; and therefore “we owe government our industry and judgment, and should resolve not to sacrifice our mature judgment, unbiased opinion and enlightened conscience.”
In his remark, the Director General of SALWACO, Mr. Philip K. Lansana, briefly intimated the audience (especially the new members on the Board) about the way in which the Company had been operating since his assumption of office in the above capacity. He said all had not been too easy particularly at a time when the people are expecting the provision of adequate and safe drinking water with significant improvement in the sanitary system both at urban and rural levels.
The Director General outlined the activities of SALWACO in the provinces where they are currently preoccupied with hand-dug and bore-hole operations in order to provide good drinking water for the communities and in fulfillment of their responsibilities with the project sponsored by the World Bank. In order that the Board might have a clear insight into the overall mechanism of the Company in the new political dispensation, Mr. Lansana strongly recommended to the Board that a very effective and speedy audit exercise be carried out by either a government-constituted or independent audit team.