By David A. Yates
Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee has called for the establishment of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Commission that will bring a sustainable approach to the sector.
Mayor Koijee said the commission, when established, will monitor and supervise the WASH sector as well as address its sustainable growth.
He spoke last Friday in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, at the 2018 Liberia Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Joint Sector Review.
The two-day meeting, held under the theme, “Delivering Pro-poor Safety Managed and Sustainable WASH Service,” brought together stakeholders in the WASH sector, including donors.
He appreciated UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), United States Aid for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, UNDP (United Nations Development Program), Samaritan Purse, and Concern, among others, for the invaluable contribution to the development of the sector.
The Mayor of Monrovia, who is also the Acting President of the Mayors Association of Liberia, noted that the the proposed WASH Commission will provide a safe and improved environment for all, something he said is key to the government’s “pro-poor agenda.”
According to Mayor Koijee, adequate drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene are all essential ingredients to ensure human health.
“The same is true for proper wastewater management, which is a basic prerequisite for environmental health. Improving upon these services will bring economic gains while also helping to build resilience,” Mayor Koijee added.
He pointed out that lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation and low hygiene standards increase the vulnerability of populations to epidemic outbreaks like the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that occurred in Liberia.
He said good water and adequate water supply play a significant role in promoting the “pro- poor agenda” of the government.
He further said there is a growing evidence that there is unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation and inadequate hygiene in Liberia, which the government seeks to tackle.
Mayor Koijee called for an organized and sustained approach to move the country’s water, sanitation and hygiene sector forward.
Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) Deputy Managing Director for Administration Moseray Momoh pledged his institution’s willingness to ensure an improved WASH system in Liberia.