The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided US$30m to support rural water restoration projects in Grand Cape Mount, Lofa and Nimba Counties.
A year ago the Robertsport City water extension project was implemented by the Liberia Municipal Water (LMWP/Tetratech) with USAID’s support.
According to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), USAID has earmarked US$30m for the restoration of pipe-borne water to the capital cities of Voinjama, Sanniquellie and Robertsport.
In a statement Wednesday at the commissioning ceremony of Phase Two of the LMWP water extension project held in Robertsport Vice President Joseph N. Boakai underscored the need for the sustainable maintenance of the facilities.
He also intimated that one sure way to show appreciation and gratitude is to take ownership of initiatives that show that a nation and its people are responsible and exemplary.
He pointed out that Liberians went through the Ebola virus crisis in which water played a crucial role. Without water we could not have conquered that deadly disease.
“Everyone should consider such an initiative as this water plant as a genuine manifestation of our health delivery endeavor in our country,” VP Boakai stressed.
He extended thanks and appreciation to the US government for being patient with Liberians, and urged Liberians not to allow t the gains they have achieved to be rolled back anymore.
He further stressed the need for Liberians to move all processes ahead as community leaders, citizens and residents for the overall development and progress of the country.
As part of the agenda for the transformation of Liberia, VP Boakai underscored the need for Liberians in all the major cities and other communities to have access to pipe-borne water.
“Let it be made clear that all systems that are being put in place in all parts of the country should also move at incremental levels in order to see genuine results and impacts on the lives of Liberians,” VP Boakai pleaded.
In a brief statement, American Ambassador Deborah Malac pledged the US Government’s support for the development and progress of Liberia.
Amb. Malac added that the Embassy and its staff were delighted that the Local Steering Committee’s staff were working with the implementing partner, LMWP, to ensure the project’s successful completion.
“Local ownership of community projects and other development initiatives supported by bilateral and multilateral partners are genuine indicators of consolidated and solid partnership,” Amb. Malac asserted.
In an over view statement, LWSC Managing Director Charles B. Allen Jr. pointed out that besides the USAID funded water projects for Robertsport, Voinjama and Sanniquellie, other partners are working with the LWSC for the provision of pipe-borne water in Liberia.
Director Allen disclosed that financial support to the tone US$40m is being provided by the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the provision of pipe-borne water for the cities of Kakata, Zwedru and Buchanan in Margibi, Grand Gedeh and Grand Bassa Counties, respectively.
The LWSC head further explained that under the AfDB’s financial assistance package, capacity building initiatives are also included and several Liberians have left the country to pursue post graduate degrees in various areas of water, sanitation and management specializations.
He intimated that Liberians are grateful for the invaluable assistance of all major partners for the provision of quality pipe-borne water around the country.
In closing, Director Allen disclosed that three quality kiosks (Special hand pumps) were constructed in the premises of the Grass Field Community, Robertsport City in Grand Cape Mount County.
Earlier, Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent Mohammed Paasewee noted that phase two of the Robertsport pipe-borne water extension was another significant stride by the LWSC and LMWP officials in only one year of work.
Supt. Paasewee extended thanks to the LMWP and LWSC officials for their level of tolerance in responding to questions that were pitched during the water project implementation event in Robertsport City. He also extended thanks and appreciation to USAID and the American government for funding the project which, he pledged, will make a big difference in the lives of Cape Mountainians.