The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) in Partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) May 2, 2014 launched a US$ 40 million sanitation and water projects for three counties in Kakata City Margibi County.
Speaking at the official launch in Kakata City last Friday, Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project Manager at the LWSC Gabriel S. Flaboe, Sr. pointed out that the water and sanitation projects have three critical components for implementation, comprising infrastructure, institutional capacity building and project management.
In a specific breakdown of the sanitation projects, Manager Flaboe disclosed that the total cost of the Buchanan, Kakata and Zwedru’s sanitation and water works include US$535, 701.85.
For the Zwedru sanitation and water project the AfDB has provided US$199,274.66 while Kakata and Buchanan sanitation projects have received US$336,427.19
In related development, Manager Flaboe disclosed that a team from the LWSC would be officially visiting Kakata City in Margibi County to turn over and break ground for the construction of pipe-borne water facilities.
The LWSC executive also disclosed that the water supply facility is the provision under the infrastructure component of the AfDB’s financial and technical assistance to Liberia’s water system.
He added that with regards to the Institutional Capacity building component, the LWSC has hired several professional consultants that have rendered some valuable services to the LWSC’s management programs.
In order for Liberians to benefit the impact of the capacity building component, Mr. Flaboe also explained, the project has awarded scholarships to six LWSC staffers who are currently pursuing studies at the Kwame Nkrumah’s University in Kumasi, Ghana. Pursuing courses in procurement, engineering and financial managements, the six are expected to return to Liberia in September this year with post graduate degrees aimed at institutional, financial and engineering development of the water agency.
The UWSSP’s focal person at the LWSC said that the water entity team was in Kakata to turn over the site and break ground for the construction of the vital sanitation facility in Margibi County.
He further intimated that the sanitation facility is divided into three components and the ones for Kakata and Buchanan are placed on one lot owing to the projects’ proximity.
Manager Flaboe also disclosed that a week ago the LWSC team turned over sites and broke ground for the construction of sanitation facilities in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County and Zwedru City in Grand Gedeh County.
The LWSC official however reminded the officials of the Margibi County administration that the hired contractor would start work on the sanitation project in 15 days at the Kakata sanitation site.
He said the contractor is expected to complete work in six months, for official dedication for use by the citizens and residents of Margibi County.
Manager Flaboe stressed the need for the residents and citizens of Margibi County to consider the sanitation facilities as their own property and urged them to maintain a sustained posture in its management.
“We want for the AfDB’s officials to come and see the sanitation facilities in hygienic conditions so that more money would be given for other important projects in Liberia,” Manager Flaboe concluded.
For his part, the Institutional Expert at the LWSC, Chris Sherman, said his entity was excited about the sanitation project and urged the residents to work hard on the sustainability components.
He noted that how the sanitation facilities would be taken care of by the residents that could encourage other donor partners, want take same projects to another level.
He also disclosed that the LWSC would soon form committees that would be charged with the cardinal responsibility to manage and sustain the sanitation facility in Kakata City, Margibi County.
Mr. Sherman also disclosed that the community women would be prime targets in the sustained management of the sanitation facilities in Kakata, Margibi County.
Speaking earlier, Margibi County Inspector J. Tarr Sackie said Liberia has suffered a lot and many infrastructure facilities were destroyed as a result of the 15 years civil conflict.
“We must now retrospect our past, correct our present and protect our future against the carnage and destruction that befell our nation,” Inspector Sackie pleaded.
I and my team of administrators will take the sanitation facilities as our own property so that same will not be abused and misused by anyone in Kakata City,” Inspector Sackie assured.