Phase one of the Cllr. Fonati Koffa safe drinking water project in Grand Kru County has been successfully completed with the construction of 10 handpumps in 10 communities.
All of the hand pumps are currently in use and are located in two of the five statutory districts. A local construction company named KRF, based in Barclayville, constructed the handpumps.
Each of the hand pumps costs US$3,250 — costing a total of US$32,250.
The hand pumps are located in Barclayville District: Feloken, Small Suehn, Big Suehn, Topoh and Fleneken. Others are in the Dorboh District: Nyankunkpo, Barforwin, Newtown, Jarkakpo as well as in Jrao (Sasstown) District: Cartah.
According to the Deputy Speaker District Coordinator, phase two of 10 handpumps will be launched during this year's Easter.
Chris Joboe notes that the handpumps project will play a significant role in the lives of the citizens, where facilities are rarely seen in most parts of the county.
“The construction and installation of the hand pumps and other projects by the Honorable Deputy Speaker will significantly impact the lives of citizens across the entire District,” Joboe stated.
“Cllr. Koffa remains the source of hope for you in District #2 and the county in general, and whenever he makes a promise, he always ensures to fulfill it. I can say for the record that he is a leader who cares for his constituents and the records are there," said Joboe.
The desire for development and improvement is high and imperative in Liberia; however, what remains frustrating is the fact that community members, most of the time, fail to take ownership of projects and infrastructures that are provided to them.
It may be recalled, the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Phase One of the "Cllr. JFK Safe Drinking Water Project" was held at the Methodist Church in Felorken, Harrisville City, Grand Kru County.
The Ground Breaking Ceremony was attended by Grand Kru County Superintendent, Madam Doris Ylatun, who admonished residents to take ownership of the project, describing it as a “milestone” intervention.
She lauded the Lawmaker for making a huge impact in the life of the people he represents.
Following the end of the Ground Breaking Ceremony, citizens of Felorken appreciated Cllr. Koffa for hearing their cry. According to them, for too long they have struggled to have access to safe drinking water and have long awaited such a moment.
Some lamented that they had to fetch water from long distances and in most cases water is not safe for drinking.
“We have suffered. Yes, we get unsafe drinking water from far places that are dangerous for our health,” Annie Gray, mother of two, lamented.