A civil society organization, WASH Network is calling on the Liberian government, especially President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to ensure that water is adequately provided throughout the country.
Speaking to newsmen at the celebration of water day held last Saturday at Chevron Park in Vai Town, Timothy Kpeh, national coordinator for Youth and Disabled, said the Network is disappointed in the way this year’s Water Day was celebrated, especially in those communities affected by safe drinking water that were excluded from the process.
He said, “If we talk about water and sanitation, we should be concerned about those in the rural areas, including Lofa, Nimba, Sinoe Grand Gedeh, Rivercess, among others that continue to suffer from lack of safe drinking water.
“We need to hear from those people how to find the best solution to ensure that they have safe drinking water in their homes, schools and health places as well.”
Mr. Kpeh said the Liberian government is clearly downplaying the interests of the people, especially on water and sanitation, which is hampering many people, including children in health centers and schools.
“The Water Day is miss-celebrated by the people because those who undergo water challenges are removed from the celebration.
“We expect the government to be taking serious action to address water and sanitation and not celebrating here today,” he said.
“Today, we do not have the Finance Minister here, the President also is not here to tell the Liberian people how water and sanitation issues will be addressed in the soonest possible time,” he disclosed.
He said the President must be concerned to provide funding that supports the major concerns of the people, including water and sanitation.
“We have been observing and watching this sector over the years and can clearly say to the people of Liberia that the government is doing nothing to address water and sanitation issues in Liberia,” he said.
Mr. Kpeh indicated that over the years, the president has made a series of promises to the people on water and sanitation issues but continues to downplay funding the process.