To promote, regulate water, sanitation sector
In line with the Weah administration’s Pro–poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Commission (NWASHC) of Liberia on Thursday, November 22, began a seminar on a five-year strategic planning of the sector in Ganta, Nimba County to strengthen the country’s water, sanitation and hygiene system.
NWASHC Executive Director, Salia Kamara, informed the Daily Observer that the three-day (November 22-24, 2018) exercise is intended to develop a roadmap for the commission in line with government PAPD, which runs up to 2023.
Kamara said the planning exercise is strategic because it was the commission’s first major seminar since it was established a few years ago.
In so doing, the entity invited representatives from other agencies or ministries that are involved in water and sanitation sector, including the Ministries of Finance, of Public Works and of Health; the Environmental Protection Agency and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation.
Mr. Kamara said that the NWASHC is charged with the responsibility to regulate the country’s water and sanitation system, and also promote good hygiene practices across the country.
NWASHC serves as the principal governance entity on all WASH related activities — regulation, promotion and managing the sector in the country.
Mr. Kamara has assured the public of making the water, sanitation and hygiene system better.
During the three days, participants are expected to discuss topics, including linkages between WASH and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal #6 by 2030; mandate and function of NWASHC; implement the sector strategic plan; policy instruments’ and regulation of water; sanitation and hygiene service delivery in Liberia; and the rule of small businesses in expanding access to water supply for domestic use.
Issues relating to water quality and resource mobilization for NWASHC will also be discussed, as well as a panel discussion about experience sharing on water, sanitation and hygiene governance reforms. This will also be done alongside line agencies and ministries and partners.
This is the fourth major strategic planning seminar, since the PAPD was launched almost one month ago in Ganta.
In late October this year, the MoH held a similar workshop in Ganta to formulating a policy to reintroduce the health financing. Following the end of the workshop, the Ministry of Education and partners met in a week-long seminar in Ganta, reviewing past activities and strategizing another way to improve the education system.