Sierra Leone Signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chinese Engineering Company to carry out two major Water Dams Project.
The Sierra Leone minister of water resources, Dr Jonathan Bonopha Tengbe has sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese engineering company- China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) on Tuesday, 4 June, 2019. This MoU is for the construction of both Orugu and Congo Dams. It will also include a Water Treatment Plants project.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Ernest Ndomahina who is the Ambassador of Sierra Leone to China. While Managing Director of Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC), Maada S. Kpenge was also present.
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The MoU will also help increase access to water in Freetown. Meanwhile, Orugu Dam and Treatment Plant will be base in the Mortem village on the Regent to Grafton highway. GVWC will supply a minimum of 70 million litres of water per day for Orugu Dam.
The Dam will serve as access to clean, safe drinking water to over 600,000 people living in the communities in the East of Freetown. Likewise, Grafton, Jui, Waterloo, Allen Town, Calaba Town, Wellington and Kissy.
While, the Congo Dam and its Treatment Plant will beat the upper reach of Regent. It aim at supplying 30 million litres of water per day to the mountain communities of Regent, Leicester, Gloucester, Kortright/Fourah Bay College, Charlotte, Bathurst, IMATT and Hill Station.
Dr Sesay said “It is very important that the Chinese company utilises as much local labour (local content) in carrying out the construction works. As well as ensure that Sierra Leoneans are trained in managing and maintaining the facilities, once completed.”
According to globally renowned specialist in water treatment engineering, Dr AA Sesay said he is hoping that the Sierra Leone government will ensure that the construction contract with CGGC will include a clause. This will help guarantees technology, knowledge and skills transfer to Sierra Leone.