LWSC Acting MD Pledges Effective, Hygienic Water Supply

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The Interim Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has pledged that effective, hygienic water will be supplied to most parts of Monrovia.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, Mr. Nathan Humbu Tulay, said during the interim period at LWSC a team of engineers will devote most of their time and energy to hard work and efficiency rather than talking.

He also said that the recent damage to the 36-inch pipe in Johnsonville has been repaired.

According to Mr. Tulay, early yesterday, his acting management team hosted donor representatives and partners to acquaint them with the team’s mandate during the interim period.

He briefed the LWSC partners and stakeholders on the numerous challenges facing the water agency.

In their responses, the partners and representatives assured the interim management team of their support and cooperation in the implementation of ongoing water projects in the country.

“Our major concentration during the three months interim period will be on tackling works that will ensure the effective and unhindered delivery of pipe-borne water to Monrovia and other parts of the country,” Mr. Tulay assured, adding that managers and engineers of the entity will ensure that deliverables are carried out.

“I want to assure our customers and Liberians that our interim period will also concentrate on less talking, but rather do the Liberian people’s business,” Mr. Tulay stressed.

Earlier, LWSC Board Chair, Kimmie L. Weeks, told reporters that the recent changes at the entity were based essentially on policy differences and performance timelines.

On some occasions, Mr. Weeks said, LWSC Board of Directors and outgoing managers disagreed on some of the polices initiated at the entity.

Owing to those policy differences between management and the Board of Directors, Mr. Weeks pointed out that it was expedient to carry out changes to ensure effective teamwork and success.

Mr. Weeks also clarified that the outgoing LWSC managers were not accused of any financial and administrative malpractices while in the employment of the corporation.

He, however, said some recommendations were made by the Board of Directors to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf regarding performances at the LWSC a few months ago.

He said it was based on those recommendations that the action to relieve the Charles Allen Administration came about.

In brief remarks, the new Interim Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, John Kpakolo, said during the interim period, the administration will seriously focus on durable repairs on technical equipment.

He said the Technical Department of the entity serves as the nerve center that ensures the smooth delivery of pipe-borne water to Monrovia and its environs.
For her part, Deputy Interim Manager, Ophelia Roberts, said the administration will make all efforts to ensure that water theft and other unwholesome practices are minimized.

“We are aware that the LWSC is incurring losses due to numerous incidents of water theft including illegal connections by suspected persons not employed with the corporation,” Mrs. Roberts stated.

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