GVWC Outlines Cost of Procured Vehicles
The Head of Procurement Unit at the Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC), Christian Sankoh, has informed members of the public that the procured SUV cost $75,000.00, while he said one of the double cars cost ($46,200.00).
This was brought to the attention of the public at a press conference held at the company’s meeting hall last Friday to clarify public misconception.
Mr. Sankoh said the vehicles were bought out of money generated by the company, not by Government subvention, adding that the company has been saving money aside since 2017 to replace the moribund vehicle for effective and efficient service delivery.
In his statement, Director of Corporate Services, Lahai Kanu said the main objective of the meeting was to more or less give clarification regarding the procurement of an SUV Vehicle for the Procurement Office, adding that sometimes in February, 2015, the company submitted a board paper requesting the board for approval of five vehicles. He discussed that it was not approved until when another paper was submitted in 2016.
Following the approval of the Board and the concurrent given by the NCP, Mr. Kanu said three operational vehicles arrived in 2019, dilating that the SUV Vehicle arrived in January 2020.
He maintained that all procedures guiding the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) were followed during the procurement of the vehicles. He emphasized on the high cost involve to keep those vehicles on the road with frequent breakdown. “Sometime we use public transportation and operational vehicles to attend official businesses,” he stated and mentioned that the cost of monitoring the vehicles on the road has being a big problem for the company.
On his own side, the Deputy Managing Director, Francis H. Lahai sensitized that GVWC is a utility entity with wide area to cover, deliberating that they needed human resource and necessary equipment to upkeep their operations. He said the perception of other set of people that the vehicles were overpriced is not correct, adding that it was an attempt to bring management of the company to disrepute.
He described GVWC as a non-profit making organization and continued that through the improvement of vehicles they have been able to carry out functions as required and be in position to regulate the amount of pipe leakages in the system. He pointed out that the Reserve Base Funding has helped them in the area of sensitizing the public on how they should handle water to avoid wastage.
He made it very clearly that the increase in salary and better condition of services, workers are now doing field work tirelessly to increase productivity. H disclosed that GVWC has trained staff and is undergoing a new reform lead by the current management.
A senior staff, Mr. Augustine Tommy said the management is conscious that the water is life and its situation remains challenging, adding that the well being of people and development remains contingent in their efficiency. He assured that they would definitely address all issues hindering water supply within Western Area.
By Alhassan Bangura
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