LWSC Loses US$2m to Bad Debt

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Madam Zubah, Administrative Director of the LWSC, presents mantle of authority to the new DMDA, Mr. Momoh, while others look on.

The Deputy Managing Director for Administration (DMDA) at the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Mosery Momoh has revealed that the entity has over US$2 million in bad debt, which he seeks to recover.

In his takeover speech, on Tuesday in Monrovia, Mr. Momoh, said his administration will ensure that the entity becomes a viable public corporation by changing the variables at that entity, although he did not say how he intends to do so.

“We cannot do this alone, but with the collective effort of everyone here, I believe that we will make a great impact. We will expand our hotline for customer service to report leakages, water theft and emergencies,” he said.

Mr. Momoh encouraged citizens to play their part in the corporation, by paying their water and sewer bills on time.

“We want to build on the legacy of our predecessor by reforming the water and sewer sector and advance what others started and make sure that the people have access to safe drinking water. We have come with an overreaching vigor to support the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda, which envisions the poor and those living on the margin of society as key, critical players in every effort aimed at transforming their living conditions,” Momoh said.

Momoh assured that his administration will increase the supply of water to central Monrovia and its environs from 6.5 ‘million gallons per day’ (mg/d) to 10 mg/d.

According to him, it is unrealistic to realize 16 ‘mg/d’ without operating for 24 hours a day, “when we currently do not have the resources.”

Another project he has promised to launch is the Social Connection Fund through which, according to him, 1,000 new customers in Buchanan, Kakata, and Zwedru have already been identified to be connected to LWSC.”

He said reform is not splendid but will require the little efforts “we make and apply every day to achieve improvements for the good of Liberians. Now that I am here, I believe my experience in both private and the public sectors will be tested: the primary task is to ease inefficiency, increase efficiency and improve revenue generation for the corporation.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Momoh said he will increase the numbers of plumbers, build up their certification and capacity to better serve the Liberian people.

Earlier, Madam E. Sonie Zubah, Administrative Director assured him of the employees’ willingness to work with him and ensure that the entity moves forward.

Madam Zubah said that they will work as a team and fulfill President Weah’s Pro-Poor agenda, which is meant to serve the Liberian people.

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