Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services, Jackson J. Paye
Public Works Wants Rural Dwellers ‘Own’ Water Facilities
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, JUNE 26, (LINA) - Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services, Jackson J. Paye, is urging rural dwellers to take ownership of existing safe water facilities for sustained access to clean water.
Speaking Thursday at the start of a two-day workshop held in the Gbarnga, Mr. Paye said the workshop was intended to review the situational analysis and concept note on National Rural Water Sanitation and Hygiene Program (NRWASHP), initiated by the Liberian Government and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
He noted that as the United Nations and NGOs draw down, existing water and sanitation facilities need proper management, noting that this is only possible with the participation of the end users.
Paye then called on participants to deliberate the issues that will help ensure that the proper instruments are identified and instituted for continuous access to safe drinking water in rural areas.
In a brief introduction of the NRWASH Program study, the Ministry of Public Works Director of Community Services, Andrew Boikpah, described the delivery of safe drinking water to citizens as one that has been in the back seat of the country’s development agenda and therefore emphasized the need for participants to make needed inputs.
He lauded the African Development Bank for supporting the Liberian Government in its quest to reduce dependency on partners for service delivery to citizens.
The goal of the workshop, which brought together participants from Bong, Nimba, and Lofa counties, is to ensure sustainable and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water supply and basic sanitation and hygiene services in rural areas.
Similar workshops are being held in Bassa and Bomi counties, while that of Southeastern Liberia was held earlier in Grand Gedeh County.