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Water shortage hits Moyamba

…as pipe-borne water project stalls

DECEMBER I5, 2014 By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba

Residents of Moyamba have lamented the water shortage in the township caused by delays in the completion of a pipe-borne water project.

According to local residents who spoke to this reporter, clean drinkable water is currently a luxury as since the introduction of Local Councils in 2004, two major water projects have not been successful implemented despite claims of huge resources expended on the respective projects.

According to the district youth leader, Mohamed Sandi, in 2005, the Moyamba District Council received Le100 million to implement a pipe-borne water project titled, “Rapid Result Initiative”, but that the project was unceremoniously abandoned.

“In 2010, the Government of Sierra Leone approved and started transferring funds to the Moyamba District Council for the rehabilitation of the water works. The new project, which was supposed to be completed in a year, has taken more than three years,” Sandi alleged.

Inspector of works and station officer in Moyamba, Albert Moseray, said some of the materials bought to repair water pipes in the township were substandard and have since gone dilapidated. He called on the government to give the water project to SALWACO – Sierra Leone Water Company – because council has failed to provide pipe-borne water to Moyamba residents.

However, former Chief Administrator of the Moyamba District Council, Ms. Vivian Sally Senesie, said the pipes were destroyed by T-Marc Construction Company, which was constructing roads in the township.

She claimed the destruction caused by T-Marc cost approximately Le600 million, and that council cannot afford to pay for the repairs although she revealed government has promised to pay the money.

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