… Madam Dana Hyde, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Millennium Challenge Corporation
By Mustapha Sesay
Accessing water supply and reliable energy are key indicators to enhance sustainable economic growth and development of any country, which is lacking in Sierra Leone, and remains a challenge.
This statement was made by Madam Dana Hyde, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) on Saturday 22nd October, 2016 during her feasibility tour of water projects at different communities in the east end of Freetown. The CEO and entourage, inclusive private and private sector partners, in their assessment tour visited the Dockyard community water facility, the Moeba community Mambaridge water facility and also the Guma Valley dam where they met with community stakeholders. Prior to their community tour the team earlier on met with the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other key stakeholders.
The corporation based in the USA had provided a grant of $44,4M as threshold program for Sierra Leone to support the development drive and strengthen the water sector in deprived communities and to access reliable energy.
The CEO said the grant is expected to address the delivery of electricity and water in Freetown, noting that it will also strengthen public regulation and accountability and create a framework for sustainable public and private investment in both of these sectors.
Talking to journalists at the Mambaridge (Moeba Community) School on the strides Sierra Leone as a nation is making, the MCC Boss said though there are rigid indicators, yet they are impressed with the on-going activities for reliable energy and access to clean water and opined that Sierra Leone will meet the indicators. Sierra Leone is making progress on the threshold program though there is more to do as the criteria are tough for a country to be selected as eligible for an MCC assistant.
Though the program is key to provide water to deprived communities, MCC also help in providing electricity for school going children to help them in their studies and improve on the energy sector, thereby helping hospitals to treat patients with better equipment.
At Ward 365 Constituency 102 Kissy Dockyard, Councilor Ibrahim Adissaya Kamara said the installation of the water facility by ACF in the community has helped greatly in the reduction of key menaces in the community and its environs like the reduction of Teenage pregnancy and prevention of illnesses. These two were serious challenges before now in the community and its environs that hold over ten thousand people, school children and women inclusive.
A suckling mother Rugiatu Tarawally said for six years the community had been without water.
Madam Koroma at the Mambaridge (Moeba Community), a caretaker of one of the installed water facilities, said people pay only one hundred Leones (Le100) per container and the proceeds used for the maintenance and payment of stipend to volunteer staff. The team before coming to Sierra Leone had visited Ghana and Benin and has proceeded to Liberia.
MCC Boss Dana Hyde (C) at Water facility site at Moeba Mambaridge