The Government of Liberia, represented by Ministry of Public Works (MoPW), and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)-Liberia office have signed a US$5 million annual work plan, according to a press release from the MoPW.
The signing ceremony took place on Monday, February 26 at the MoPW’s Lynch Street offices in Monrovia.
Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan signed on behalf of the government, while Dr. Sulaman Bramoh, UNICEF Liberia Country Representative, signed on behalf of his organization.
According to the work plan, UNICEF is to provide the US$5 million support over a period of one year. Said amount, according to the document, will be used to enhance the Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) program of the ministries of Public Works, Health and Education.
At the signing ceremony, Minister Nyenpan underscored the need for collaboration among partners in the WASH sector if they want to address challenges the sector is faced with.
Nyenpan: “The annual work plan is an embodiment of the commitment of both UNICEF and the ministry to ensure that there is a reduction in the risks that children face due to the inadequacies of WASH related services.”
He said that the WASH plan integrates priorities that partners identified during the 2017 annual review meeting of the GoL-UNICEF WASH program.
Minister Nyenpan said the work plan could not have been signed at a better time than on Monday, a time when the government is so desirous of improving the sector.
He assured the UNICEF delegation, including its Child Survival Division, of the CDC-led government’s commitment to scrupulously implement the annual work plan as stipulated in the signed document.
He then thanked the UNICEF-Liberia country team for demonstrating true partnership to the ministry’s WASH program, adding, “Your support will aid us in delivering services needed by the people.”
Dr. Bramoh indicated that his organization was happy to be partnering with the GoL to address challenges facing the WASH sector.
He said UNICEF-Liberia remains committed to working with the new administration in tackling key WASH-related challenges by ensuring delivery of quality services.