Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 April 2022:
On Tuesday, President Bio thanked the federal government of China for donating 15 water bowers for the availability of water within the capital metropolis and two fireplace engines for the Lungi International Airport, saying that his authorities has achieved extra to develop the prevailing water provide infrastructure within the nation and to make it extra resilient.
“Both World Health Organisation and UNICEF have stated that my government has improved access to safe drinking water and sanitation over the last four years: 24% in the provinces; 6% in the Freetown area. They have also confirmed that my Government is making great progress on what they set out to do – increase access to potable water,” he mentioned.
The President mentioned that poor entry to water impacts youngsters’s education and exposes them to social dangers, including that his authorities’s focus is on human capital improvement.
“To address this problem, my government has secured from the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, a total of 15 bowsers and 2 fire engines donated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China. The water bowsers will be used to enhance water service delivery to low-income communities in the Western Area,” he mentioned.
But critics of the federal government and opposition events say that after 61 years as an impartial nation, Sierra Leone – a rustic endowed with pure assets and greater than common rainfall a 12 months for the continent, the federal government shouldn’t be going cap in hand begging different nations for help to offer secure, clear water for its individuals.
Minister of Water Resources, Philip Karimu Lansana, thanked the President for his caring management and “for making sure that water distribution to every household is possible”. He additionally thanked the federal government of the People’s Republic of China for his or her continued assist to Sierra Leone.
Lansana additionally mentioned that the water bowsers will assist enhance entry to dependable water provide. The exponential enhance within the inhabitants and fast development of Freetown he mentioned, has challenged the availability of sufficient water provide to all households within the metropolis.
“These bowsers will add to the existing ones that will ameliorate the water situation in areas where there is inadequate or no network in Freetown. We are, therefore, very grateful to the government of the People’s Republic of China for this timely assistance,” he mentioned.
Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Hu Zhangliang mentioned the donation of the 15 water bowsers and two fireplace engines is supposed to assist and enhance the water provide state of affairs and to additional improve the protection of the Lungi International Airport.
“This donation is another vivid demonstration of the continued growth of China-Sierra Leone friendship and one of the concrete steps taken by China to support Sierra Leone’s development. They are gifts from the Chinese Government to the people of Sierra Leone for the Sixty-First Independence Anniversary Day,” he mentioned.