The kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Fund for Development has approved over five Million dollar ($5M) funding for SALWACO, granting them the opportunity to facilitate the drilling of over 100 water wells in 77 villages in the rural district of Sierra Leone.
The project aims to provide villages within the rural community with portable water through the drilling of 100 wells equipped with solar pumping system and elevated tanks with distribution Network system and public posts with taps.
This is aimed at providing reliable water system in that part of the country. This disclosure was made by the senior Economic adviser for the Saudi Fund for development during a meeting held at the Ministry of Finance Conference room, George Street, Freetown.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony, Ibrahim Alsugair, the senior Economic Adviser for the Saudi fund for Development, disclosed that the 5 Million dollar project his government provides to SALWACO in a bid to facilitate development in the rural communities including the drilling of 100 boreholes, installation of 100 solar pumps, supply and installation of 100 elevated Tanks with storage capacity of 10 cubic meter each to help provide reliable and portable water to over 77 villages in the rural district of Sierra Leone.
He added that this project will see the construction of 100 kilometers supply line to a network of 77 villages, accessories, fountain and taps that will benefit residents in that part of the country.
The senior adviser for the Saudi development fund continued that this project was appraised by the Saudi fund in October 2016 in consultation with the Ministry of Water Resources and SALWACO to provide reliable and portable water system to benefit over 77 villages in the rural districts of Tonkolili, Bombali, Moyamba, Bonthe, Kono, port Loko and Bo.
Samuel Bangura, the Director General of Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) extended his appreciation to the Saudi Govt for their Financial contribution to improve the water sector in the rural district and promised them that the said amount provided to his institution to fast track this project will be used judiciously to deliver portable and reliable water to the identified rural communities.
Bangura further maintained that SALWACO will always continue to embrace the strong existing partnership with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and assured all those present to relay the message to the public.
Giving his contribution, Lamani Koroma, permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources also expressed similar sentiments and assured all present that the project will be completed within the specific timeframe.
By David Johnson The Times SL Newspaper