Three weeks after residents of Sussex to Allen Town suffered acute water shortage, President Ernest Koroma and other government Ministers and officials on Thursday visited Angola Town, off Goderich where the Guma Valley Water Company’s Main water supply pipe was damaged.
A GVWC statement had stated that the damage was caused by the CSE Construction Company while they were doing soil testing along the area.
The damage was amended on Wednesday and the President decided to see the work done, only to realize that the work was not properly done.
President Koroma expressed anger and asked how it all happened.
The General Manager of GVWC Ibrahim Wilson explained that CSE was doing soil testing and had to take some samples 6 meters down and they did not know that there was a pipe there.
“Accidentally CSE burst the pipe that transport the bulk of water to the city”, he said.
Since then, he said both Guma and CSE have been trying to fix it for three weeks now.
Asked by President if Guma did not give CSE layout of their utilities, Wilson replied that a consultant from Guma Pa Barrie was attached to CSE to help them do their work.
He assured the President that they are doing their best to solve the problem.
The CSE Senior Engineer Abdul Rahman Bah said that before digging they called Guma to confirm the point of their pipe. He stated that Guma workers assured them that there was no pipe at that point.
Chairperson of the Guma Board of Directors, Dr Nana Pratt was quick to intervene and said that Guma gave a map of their pipe to the consultant of CSE.
On the other hand, the consultant Sam Leigh said that he was out of the country when the problem occurred.
In response, President Koroma asked for the way forward and expressed feelings for the public that is not having water.
The General Manager of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) Munda Rogers assured the President that by today work will be completed.
Residents in the city expressed their concerns of the sufferings they are now undergoing
By Abibatu Kamara & Emmanuella Kallon