The Daily Observer has learnt that Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) Managing Director, Charles B. Allen, and his Technical Supervisor, Frankie Cassell, have been dismissed from their respective positions with immediate effect.
According to LWSC’s Public Relations officer, Wilmot Dweh, the Corporation’s Board of Directors headed by Kimmie Weeks has already approved of the two dismissals and at the same time are investigating reports of financial impropriety at the LWSC. Mr. Dweh would not elaborate.
The Daily Observer is yet to obtain further details of Messrs Allen and Cassell’s dismissals, but recently Mr. Allen told reporters that the corporation was unable to establish how much work would be required by LWSC to restore water supply to affected areas in Johnsonville.
Mr. Allen said that since the situation was reported to his office, the management had not been able to pump pipe borne water into Monrovia.
He said the corporation has contacted the World Bank for financial support to construct water reservoirs in Monrovia.
Mr. Allen said had that project been implemented sooner, the breakdown would not have caused such a significant effect.
Meanwhile, despite assurances that the LWSC would repair the damaged facility on Pipeline Road in about two weeks’ time, the situation worsened with the water pouring from the broken pipe creating a huge crater (hole) which has become a serious hazard to vehicles and commuters.
The situation, according to our reporter who toured the area over the weekend, has caused the few vehicles using the route to divert due to the deplorable road condition, now exacerbated (made worse) by the breakdown of the Pipeline Road waterline.
Residents there and those in central Monrovia that depend on pipe borne water from the area have gone for days without receiving safe drinking water.
Community residents and some customers of the LWSC have expressed concern about the delay in the completion of the repair work. Some of them told the Daily Observer that the project had been abandoned by the LWSC Management “because the road condition has remained a death trap for over two weeks.”
A fortnight ago, LWSC Management admitted to a major breakdown of its water supply line in Johnsonville, which they said occurred as a result of the deplorable road condition.
Up to press time last night, engineers from the water agency were yet to detect the extent of the damage as they were seen during odd hours on Saturday night apparently trying to restore the damaged facility, but to no avail. According to the residents, including a leader, Mr. T. Emmanuel Cole, they could not comprehend why the project is not treated as a priority by the LWSC management.
But the LWSC said the damage is so severe that it has now cut off the water supply line to greater Monrovia, which has impeded the free movement of residents in the area.
As an emergency plan to address the current shortage of water, the LWSC management said in a recent interview with this newspaper that it had commenced trucking water into greater Monrovia.
LWSC also acknowledged that as a result of the breakdown, many businesses have been affected.
The Daily Observer reporter who visited the affected area on Saturday and yesterday afternoon saw a crew of boys, who claimed to be engineers, doing the “repair work.”
They told the Daily Observer reporter, who wanted to interview them, to be grateful to God that motorbikes were transporting residents of the area and that they were also there at least to restore the damaged facility.