Representing Deputy Speaker Cllr. J Fonati Koffa, Constituency Coordinator, Chris Joboe, said the construction of the hand pumps is in fulfilment of Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa's promise during his most recent tour of 45 communities in the District. He put the cost of the construction of the 33 hand pumps at US$106,228. According to Mr. Joboe, the hand pumps project will play a significant role in the lives of thousands of citizens in the District. "The construction and installation of this project and other projects by the Honorable Deputy Speaker will significantly impact the lives of citizens across the entire District," Mr. Joboe stated.
Coordinator Joboe intoned that the long wait for safe drinking water in the 29 communities is about to be over–adding that all have been finalized to ensure that the project is implemented. "Cllr Koffa remains the beckon of hope, and whenever he made a promise he always fulfils; I can say for the record he is a leader that cares for his Constituents and the records are there," the Coordinator asserted. Mr. Joboe called on citizens of the district to rally their supports around Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa and ensure that they take ownership of the hand pumps projects. He pointed that it's is evidently cleared that the monthly wages and salaries of lawmaker in the 54th Legislature cannot fund a project of such huge financial cost.
"To get this project started, Cllr. Koffa had to go into his own pocket because we are all aware that since the inception of this new government there have been no legislative funded project due to financial constraints," he disclosed. The indoor program of the ground-breaking ceremony was held at the Methodist Church in Felorken Harrisville City Grand Kru County. At the ceremony, Coordinator Joboe averred that the project will be in three phases with the first phase expected to target two statutory districts which includes Barclayville District and Dorbor District respectively. In the Barclayville District, five communities are said to be captured, which include Felorken Harrisville, Small Seen, BeSwen, Topor, Upper Felenken benefiting one hand pump each;
while in Dorbor District Warkpo, Nyenkupo, kpo, Barforwin and new town benefiting one hand pump each. The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Grand Kru County Superintendent Madam Doris Ylatun, who admonished the citizens to take ownership of the project—describing it as a milestone intervention. She lauded the Grand Kru County lawmaker for his developments, which aims to make huge impacts in the lives of the people he represents. Following 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 waited to such moment.
Some lamented that they had to fetch water from long distances and in most cases the water they fetched is not safe for drinking. "We have suffered. Yes, we get water from far places and the it is dangerous for our health," Annie Gray mother of two lamented
Meanwhile, the 33 hand pumps will be constructed by a local construction company named KRF based in Barclayville. Pundits say the deputy speaker’s decision to use a local company in Barclayville is also a means of empowering the local economy.