CROSS SECTION OF THE NSCCG VISITS THE GUMA VALLEY DAM AT MILE 13
Freetown – 24th February, 2022 – Amidst growing concerns over massive encroachments on the reserved forest at the Guma Valley Dam, the National Security Coordinator, Office of National Security, Mr. Abdulai Caulker led a cross section of members of the National Security Council Coordinating Group (NSCCG) to a visit of the Guma Valley facility on Wednesday, 23rd February, 2022 at Mile 13.
The visit was to enable members of the NSCCG get first-hand information on the level of encroachments on the Guma Valley Dam and the implications for national security.
During the course of the visit, it was observed that unacceptable human activities are compromising the integrity of the Dam’s infrastructure, as well as contaminating the facility’s water sources.
Being a critical national infrastructure, going forward, additional stringent measures will be instituted to effectively protect the Dam and its immediate surroundings. Members of the team saw first-hand, the level of encroachments being done on the Dam’s facility and were further informed that amongst others, unscrupulous persons are acquiring land for construction purposes, have built houses, and are using fertilizer to grow crops (including marijuana) within the forest reserve.
These nefarious activities have the propensity to negatively impact on Guma’s ability to effectively supply adequate and quality water to hundreds of thousands of residents of Freetown and beyond. If this appalling situation is not immediately addressed, the implications are that, the integrity of Dam’s infrastructure will be compromised and the water sources contaminated. When this happens, the country risks the chances of losing this God-given resource.
The leaderships of the Office of National Security, the Sierra Leone Police, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Nation Disaster Management Agency have pledged their commitment to providing the much needed support to the Guma administration and the relevant line Ministries in protecting the facility from the activities of grabbers.
In their own interests, land grabbers and other intruders on all Guma Valley facilities are admonished to refrain from all illegal activities negatively impacting the Dam as they are doing so at their own peril. Grabbers and intruders alike are taking various risks; risking the lives of Sierra Leoneans, their own lives and the lives of their families and the risk of losing their hard earned resources.
It is important to note that no stone will left unturned to ensure that sanity prevails at Guma and all other critical national infrastructures.
The security sector will not allow the activities of few selfish persons to jeopardize the collective interest of the vast majority.
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