To meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) and Sari International in association with Edward Davies and Associates have concluded a feasibility study on water supply and sanitation study in Bo, Kenema and Makeni.
The project is funded by African Development Bank.
In her keynote address at a workshop on the study at the British Council auditorium recently, the minister of Energy and Power Haja Afsatu Kabba said, “water is the basis of life and development in every society”.
She added that water should be carefully and properly managed and protected, emphazing that “water is life and sanitation is a way of life.”
“The preparation of a sound feasibility study report, detailed designs and tender document for water supply and sanitation in Bo, Kenema and Makeni, and assessment of the national rural water supply and sanitation sector is therefore not only a very wise political decision, but also a step in the right decision,” said Haja Afsatu Kabba.
On a sad note, Haja Kabba pointed out that it was rather still disheartening that while 2015 was the target date for meeting the MDGs only 47% and 32% of our urban and rural people had access to safe and portable drinking water respectively; and that only 31% of the urban population had access to sanitation and a good proportion of the rural population did not have access to proper sanitation.
In modern times, she said, sustainable socio-economic progress was seldom possible without adequate development of water resources to support food productivity, industry, the environment and other human needs.
The minister stated that, “the health of our people cannot be maintained without adequate access to clean water and some of the basic infrastructures whose is absolutely essential for economic development relates to water”.
In his statement the Director General of SALWACO, Philip Lansana, said the study was a good one because it covered our mandate areas and it will benefit people more especially those in the rural areas to have access to safe drinking water.
Abdul Bangura, infrastructure specialist for African Development Bank (ADB) said that “ADB is ready to fund the project for implementation”.