Government Says its Prioritizing Water in 2015
Monrovia Liberia’s FinanceMinister, AmaraKonneh hashighlighted that theLiberia Water andSewer Corporationhas started toprove its ability todeliver on promises while at the same time accounting forfunds provided by the government for capital investmentprojects aimed at delivering what he referred to as a “basichuman rights.”
Minister Konneh made the assertions at the recently heldPresidential State Owned Enterprise (SOE) retreat, wherehe referred to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation(LWSC) as a “stellar SOE performer.” Minister Konnehnoted that LWSC was the one SOE, which had significantlyraised its asset evaluation, dropped its dependency ongovernment resources by 57 percent, increased its revenueby 150 percent, while significantly making its presence felt.
The accolades and praises for the corporation, whichwas once considered as one of Liberia’s poorestperforming SOEs comes after more than a decade ofweak performance and deliverables from LWSC. Barelytwo years ago, LWSC abilities only allowed it to supplya limited amount of water on a rationed basis to certainparts of Monrovia for a limited number of hours per day.
With much effort and hurdles to cross, the corporation hasincreased its production capacity, assures a constant supplyof water and ensures that a vast and expanding populationof the capital has access to its services.
With the confidence that has been built, the Liberiangovernment is planning to invest over US$10 millionin the water sector for improved and extended servicesin 2015 alone while an existing grant from the AfricanDevelopment Bank (AFdB), World Bank, and the UnitedStates Agency for International Development (USAID)valued at another US$60 million dollars will furtherincrease water supply not only into Monrovia but to a totalof 8 counties by 2016.
Managing Director Hon. Charles Allen, who took over thehelm of the corporation two years ago and has been at theforefront of LWSC’s major overhaul process notes thatthe corporation has come a long way since major reformsbegun but underscored that there were still a lot to bedone. He observed that despite the praises being rainedon LWSC, there was still awareness in the corporation thatthere were still major challenges to be overcome and grave risks that needed to be mitigated.