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Senate Endorses Recommendation To Privatize LWSC
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Senate Endorses Recommendation To Privatize LWSC
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA

MONROVIA, June 2 (LINA) - The Liberian Senate Thursday endorsed a recommendation from its committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment and Public Corporations to privatize key sections of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC).

A total of 10 Senators voted in favor of a motion calling for the endorsement and implementation of the recommendation to privatize the commercial section of the LWSC, while four Senators voted against and one abstained.

The Senate’s decision was, however, challenged by Sinoe County Senator Joseph Nagbe , who filed a "Motion of Reconsideration" against the popular vote.

Senator Nagbe is expected to forward a communication to the body within three days spelling out his discontent relative to the motion filed by him.

The Senate committees also highlighted the need to reform the water supply and sanitation services sector of the LWSC, and establish an enabling environment through the enactment of legislations and policies aimed at attracting private investment to the sector.

The recommendations were contained in a report on the status of the water supply and sanitation sector controlled by the LWSC, which was presented to the Senate's plenary by the committees.

Prior to the endorsement, Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman, who voted against the motion, argued that the Senate should address the internal inefficiencies faced by the LWSC, rather than privatizing the entity.

He maintained that until these inefficiencies are addressed, the LWSC will not be capacitated to attract private investment.


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