Responding to demands for pipe-borne water in Monrovia and other parts of Liberia, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) is now pumping more than six million gallons into greater Monrovia’s hard to reach communities.
Addressing reporters at a press conference after the presentation of certificates to 20 LWSC’s personnel, Managing Director Charles B. Allen intimated that the entity has embarked on an ambitious expansion program.
MD Allen made the disclosure Wednesday, January 29, during the closing exercises for 20 middle level personnel of LWSC, who completed nine days of training in Contract Management held at the water agency’s head office on King Sao Boso Street in Monrovia.
The LWSC boss also intimated that during the course of 12-15 months the corporation was able to train 300 members of their staff in different professional disciplines.
He also disclosed that next week Saturday the water agency’s employees would be staging a retreat where strategic planning deliberations would be discussed regarding the development, growth and progress of its programs.
Mr. Allen further indicated that the LWSC has rehabilitated kiosks (hand pipes) in poor communities enhancing the provision of safe drinking water to residents and small businesses in Monrovia and some parts of the country.
The Managing Director also stated that the Liberian Government has provided funds for the rehabilitation of one hundred damaged kiosks.
Throwing light on youth unemployment, Mr. Allen noted that efforts are being exerted to engage the youth in management of kiosks in the form of sales so they can be paid a twenty percent commission.
Shedding some comments on the expansion program of the LWSC for 2014 and beyond, Manager Allen intimated that the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation (UWSSP) project being funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) would enhance the expansion of Kakata, Zwedru, and other areas.
In closing, Manager Allen pointed out that in order for the LWSC to provide this kind of water service to Liberians the entity needs US$150 million.
Earlier, the head of the UWSSP, Mr. Gabriel S. Flaboe, said training in contract management and procurement procedures are critical to the overall enhancement of the water implementation projects.
He added that such training would assist those managing the water projects to fast-track procurement processes; thus realizing considerable progress and accomplishment.
The Procurement Specialist at the AfDB in Monrovia, Ms. Mose Mabe Koofhthile, expressed her delight to be part of the LWSC’s training initiative.
For his part, the Chief of Party of the Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP), Mr. Alione Fall lauded the efforts of the LWSC’s management for the provision of training opportunities for its staff.
“I’m happy to work with the management of the LWSC; as we all strive to provide a quality and affordable water supply to Liberians,” Mr. Fall declared.
In a brief statement on behalf of the participants, a member of LWSC’s staff, Botoe Zinnah, intimated that the fortitude demonstrated by managers of the corporation during the course of the seminar speaks volumes of their commitment to move the entity forward.