I want to first thank H.E. the President, Brig (Rtg) Julius Maada Bio, for the great honour of appointing and entrusting me with the enormous responsibility of managing one of the major natural resource portfolios (Water Resources) of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
No doubt, my appointment has come at a time when the adequate and continuous availability of safe water is of such importance for any meaningful and sustainable development of our country. In today’s Sierra Leone, it is perhaps no secret that more than half the population of our beloved country lack access to safe water supply.
Against this background, and faced with the serious concern for the availability of safe water for all our people around the country, it is my desire that, as Minister at the helm, I will utilise all my skills and experiences as an infrastructural development expert to address the concerns of our people in this regard.
I look forward to an amicable working relationship with all current and future members of staff of, not only the Ministry’s departmental personnel, but also staff of our affiliated utility sectors of SALWACO and the Guma Valley Water Company, as well as all our other development partners in the country.
Dr. Jonathan Bonopha Tengbe
Minister of Water Resources.
Kenema can now boast of a new water and waste treatment facility with 8km of transmission and 52km of distribution network. The overall capacity of the system is 24,500 Meter cube per day which is about 24million litres a day and is expected to benefit over 200,000 people.
Statement by the Minister of Water Resources at the Biennial Conference 2016 of the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers.
I would like to thank you for inviting me to share my Ministry’s thoughts on the occasion of your Biennial Conference, which quite rightly is themed around “Disaster Risk Management and Preparedness; an Engineering Perspective for resilience”. Read More..