The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has supported the government of Sierra Leone with a whopping sum of USD 32 million geared towards the construction a 10 megawatt mini hydro at Singimi in the Moyamba district.
In an interview with the former Chairman of Moyamba District Council David Woobay, the hydro project is at least a step forward to the national grid through which the West Africa Power Pool that, he said, is however not expected to serve the whole of Moyamba – a district that has all the yearsexperienced power outage.
He further noted that the hydro project must consider some basic social amenities such as pipe-borne water, health and education facilities that mostly infuriate anger among community people, adding that on the commencement of the project, the culture and tradition of the people in host communities must be respected although through negotiations.
Paramount Chief John Jibao Russell Nyaama III of Lower Banta Chiefdom, Gbangbatoke, pointed out that they in the host communities, which include: Bagruwa Chiefdommust be given priority when the project would have been completed in 2016. This, according to him is because there is lot of wastes and losses in their main source of livelihood, which is predominantly fishing.
The Paramount Chief said that the only alternative fishing method in the community at the moment is to dry and transport the fish products to bigger markets.
He pleaded with both UNIDO and the government, on behalf of his subjects, to temporarily provide them with cooling system to enhance their living standards.
By Poindexter Sama