28 July 2014

Cameroon: Eyumojock Gets Solar-Powered Water Scheme

Photo: Annie-Claude Pial
Open drain in Briqueterie, a poor neighborhood in Yaounde, capital of Cameroon, in 2009, as a sanitation pilot project was beginning.

Inhabitants of Njeke, a village in Eyumojock Sub Division in Manyu division were on Thursday 24 July all smiles as they received a water scheme from the South West Development Authority (SOWEDA). The village has gone for more than 25 years without pipe borne water. As such, they were at the mercy of their neighbouring villages for the precious liquid.

Handing over the water scheme that was constructed in a period spanning from May to July 2014, the General Manager of SOWEDA, Dr. Eneme Andrew Ngome told the people of Njeke Village that for the project to last and serve its intended purpose, they must all work together to ensure its proper management. He stated that with the government policy to transform Cameroon to an emergent economy by 2035, it is the place of SOWEDA to accompany the government towards the realization of this lofty dream and projects like the Njeke water scheme is an indication of progress.

The project that cost FCFA 20.5 million has been achieved thanks to the funding provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. On the functionality of this water scheme, SOWEDA Infrastructural Engineer, Ashu Stephen, explained that it has a pumping skim that is designed using renewable solar energy. "Contrary to diesel engines that were used in the past and posed fueling problem to the villagers, we have used solar energy in Njeke wihch is the first of its kind in Manyu. Solar energy is affordable naturally and there will be no problem to the villagers. We installed the direct radian source collector and it shall pump water only during the day using energy from the sun" he stated.

Receiving the Njeke Water Supply Scheme, the First Deputy Mayor of Eyumojock, Ndip Nelson Mboh expressed gratitude to SOWEDA for a job well done and lauded the structure for its Developmental leadership throughout the South West Region. The Chief of Njeke village HRH Arrah Thomas Takang thanked SOWEDA for the water that has brought smiles on the faces of all his subjects. He promised to ensure sustainability of the water as it shall be appropriately used.

A ten man management committee was installed by the Chief Executive Officer for Manyu, Peter Tieh Ndeh who presided over the handing over event. He cautioned them to work for the interest of Njeke village. The committee members have as task to mobilize villagers to participate in community work, put in place a realistic management maintenance action plan and raise funds for the maintenance of the water scheme.

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