The Government of Liberia (GOL) through a partnership among the Ministry of Finance, the General Services Agency (GSA) and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has begun the rehabilitation of 22 battered public latrines and 112 water kiosks throughout Monrovia to bring water sanitation and hygiene relief to targeted communities. Under the government’s sponsored “Monrovia Quick Impact Water and Sanitation” project, several existing latrines in deplorable and unhealthy conditions would be reconditioned.
The project seeks to develop water kiosks in the target communities to reduce water borne diseases as well as enhance the availability of water and sanitation services to the people.
Breaking ground for the project yesterday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf observed that due to the destruction of infrastructure caused by years of conflict and the lack of maintenance, many basic public services were discontinued, especially water supply and sanitation.
President Johnson Sirleaf expressed joy that the “Quick Impact Project” was finally off the ground to bring needed relief to the people.
An elated President Sirleaf thanked Liberia’s Minister of Finance, Amara Mohammed Konneh for delivering on the project. She called on the residents of the targeted communities to ensure that the facilities were properly maintained. She also used the occasion to underscore the need and importance of community unity and co-existence, stressing they were critical to fostering development and improving lives.
Prior to the conflict, approximately 75% of the country's population (2.5 million) lived in rural areas, but as a result of the conflict, thousands of people fled to Monrovia; resulting in rapid urban population growth for the capital. This situation put severe stress on Monrovia’s water and sanitation systems.
The Quick Impact projects will cover Newport Street, Randall Street, Front Street, Buzzy-Quarter, Gurley Street, Warren Street and Bassa Community. Other communities to be covered include West Point and New Kru Town.
Making remarks, Finance Minister Amara Konneh paid tribute to the President for her leadership in helping to restore basic social services to the people.
He said the project was being realized because of the collaborative spirit and effort of the sector agencies working on the program and the also the partnership between the Executive and the Legislative branches of government. He assured that the government will continue to make good on her promise to restore social services and urged the beneficiary communities to work together for the success of the project.
The Quick Impact Project which was launched in Bassa Community on Tuesday, February 18th, will be concluded on May 10th, 2014 and is also expected to reduce the water shortage problems in the beneficiary communities.
As a key stakeholder in the WASH sector, the LWSC is leading the implementation together with the General Services Agency.
The project is expected to create some economic activities especially for those in the sale of disinfectants and toiletries and will create about 500 job opportunities, mainly targeting young people in those communities. The project has a significant social impact as it will improve a better and more hygienic atmosphere for residents.