Buchanan, Zwedru to Benefit from Pipe Borne Water Soon

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    Officials of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) have informed this paper that of the US$40 million the corporation received from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for Urban Water Supply Sanitation Projects {UWSSP}, US$6.1 million dollars has been earmarked for the restoration of pipe-borne water to the cities of Zwedru and Buchanan.

    Official ground breaking ceremony for the reconstruction and restoration of the LWSC’s facility and water supply was performed last week by AfDB and LWSC at the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.

    Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony for the water project, AfDB’s Country Representative Dr. Margarette Kilo urged beneficiaries to work with the LWSC/UWSSP officials to ensure that the water project be completed on time.

    The AfDB-Liberia’s official also underscored and prayed that Liberia will no longer experience another civil crisis that could vandalize vital facilities such the LWSC’s water station in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.

    Dr. Kilo also expressed delight that the AfDB’s team in the country has observed with keen interest the level of infrastructural development currently taking place at the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.

    She then pointed that as several development initiatives steadily take place in the port city of Buchanan, it is certain that future electricity and other critically needed social services would be initiated in the area in order to enhance trade and commerce in Liberia.

    “Now the road to the port city of Buchanan is in a splendid condition, movement of citizens and goods, couple with residents’ interactions and services have greatly improved for the past several months,” Dr. Kilo added.

    She further urged Liberians living in Buchanan City to embrace the LWSC staff and engineers that would be implementing the water project with sincerity during the execution period of the project in Grand Bassa County.

    In an overview statement about the water project for Buchanan and Zwedru Cities, the Project Management Team leader of UWSSP, Mr. Gabriel S. Flaboe Sr. disclosed that the cost of water project for the cities of Zwedru and Buchanan is in the neighborhood of US$6.1 million dollars.

    The UWSSP boss also admonished the officials, citizens and residents of Buchanan and Liberians in general to consider all development projects being initiated in the country as a fundamental obligation to protect and sustain them.

    He further called on the leadership of Grand Bassa County to ensure the immediate evacuation of all those who have encroached on the vandalized facilities and land of the LWSC’s water station in Buchanan City.

    In a special statement, the LWSC Managing Director Charles B. Allen said that as a water agency responsible for the provision of pipe-borne water in the country, the system is committed to that clarion obligation and responsibility.

    He extended thanks to the AfDB-Liberia’s country office for the provision of the funds for the restoration of pipe-borne water to strategic parts of the country.

    Manager Allen called on the residents of Buchanan City to prioritize information sharing about unscrupulous persons who will attempt to carry out water theft and destruction of the water facilities in all parts of the city.

    The LWSC boss also commended the AfDB’s country team for prioritizing the water agency of the Liberian Government as water in itself is critical in enhancing the healthcare delivery of citizenry of the country.

    “We are indeed grateful today that this water project for Buchanan City has come to fruition and we hope that citizens, business community and residents would embrace the initiative with all hearts and minds during the implementation period,” Manager Allen stressed.

    In brief remarks, the president of the Grand Bassa Community College {GBCC} Dr. Levi Zanga pledged to work with LWSC team in ensuring that the projects in various parts of the county be fully implemented.

     “We are grateful today that this water project has finally been launched and we can assure you that as educators, we will do all that lies in our power to ensure the full implementation of this vital and critical project in Buchanan City,” Dr. Zanga assured.

    Some officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) who attended the ceremony pledged their support and cooperation in planning, execution and implementation of the water project in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.

    In closing, several women and youth groups assured the LWSC and AfDB teams their unflinching support and cooperation in the implementation of the water project in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.

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