The Ministry of Fisheries Water Resources and National Assembly Matters (MoFWR-NAMs) in collaboration with JICA launched the 4th phase of the rural water supply project at Faraba sutu on Friday 8th July 2022 in order to provide safe drinking water to the rural Gambia.
Omar SM Gibba permanent secretary of MoFWR-NAMs in his opening statement mentioned that from the first phase of JICA 1992 to date which is the fourth phase of the rural water project. The Japanese government has been assisting the Gambian government in providing clean drinking water, especially for those living in rural areas since water is one of the most important aspects of our everyday life.
The Japanese ambassador to the Gambia He Izawa Osamu stated that he is pleased to witness the launching of the fourth phase of the rural water supply project which will give the rural communities the opportunity to access clean and safe drinking water in order to improve their livelihood and living standard of rural communities. He said this project will serve 20 rural communities to access the water supply, also expressing his warmest regards to the Ministry of Fisheries Water Resources and National Assembly Matters (MoFWR-NAMs and his Excellency President Barrow for their cooperation and collaborations on JICAs rural water project.
The Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources, and National Assembly Matters honorable Musa Drammeh on behalf of the (MoFWR-NAMs) said, historically the Japanese government has been assisting the Gambian government in providing safe drinking water to the rural communities since 1992 to date. He continued, saying that the provision of safe drinking water to rural communities is important for rural development as its consumption will reduce health issues caused by water-borne diseases.
In conclusion, Honorable Minister stated that the Gambia government is conscious of the importance of safe drinking water for the country’s population hence it is making all necessary plans for sustainability of the facilities in order to reduce the burden on women and children to access safe drinking water which will also help the girl child to engage in educational activities.
Vessel owners and agents operating in Gambian waters are urged to register their vessels and get certified