Deputy Managing Director of Guma Valley Water Company, Ing Francis Lahai, has said that the Guma Valley Water Company does not have the full mandate to protect the environment around water catchment areas.
This, according to him, is a multi-stakeholder approach not only by Guma as the beneficiary, but other relevant institutions like Environment Protection Agency (EPA), National Protected Area Authority (NPAA) and Ministry of Environment.
He made this statement during an exclusive interview with NewsWatch at his Guma Building office, Lamina Sankoh Street, Freetown, on Tuesday 28th January, 2020.
Mr. Lahai also said that the situation is complex because you have the Ministry of Environment responsible for the protection of the environment, while the protection of catchment and other selected areas lie with the NPAA.
Guma only has partial responsibility to monitor and report to the relevant authority to take action.
Deputy Director General, Guma Valley Water Company
“Those in control should take this situation seriously because if the encroachment on the catchment areas is not addressed now, the problems of water will become precarious and the lives of people will be endangered” he said, adding that they have identified the problems and raised the awareness but the other institutions need to take action.
“Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has set up a special committee that is headed by the Minister of Environment to address this water catchment area problems and this committee now has the responsibility to reduce encroachment to the lowest minimum” he concluded,