The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) with assistance from the United States Aid for International Development (USAID) has donated three de-clogging trucks to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC). UNICEF handed the three trucks to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation for use in the safe disposal of liquid waste at a brief ceremony held on the compound of the LWSC in Monrovia. Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, LWSC’s Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Mr. Frankie N. Cassel, said the Corporation has been planning and cooperating with its partners in ensuring that Monrovia and other parts of the country’s sewer system are running.
Mr. Cassel told the gathering that the donation is a significant move aimed at enhancing the capacity of the LWSC in making sure that the sewage removal in the various cities are carried out in a proper manner.
He promised the Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Madam Clara D. Mvogo that the three trucks will make the LWSC produce result and eventually extend its effort to other parts of the country especially the sewage treated plant in Sinkor.
Handing over the trucks to the LWSC, UNICEF Country Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett, said the UN children Fund has been in partnership with the LWSC in ensuring that diarrhea is significantly reduced in the country because it has dealt with children.
Mr. Yett stressed that uncollected sewage is a serious problem and noted that as a result many children had die from diarrhea. He said the provision of the three trucks will reduce such scenario in the city.
LWSC Managing Director, Mr. Charles Allen whose administration had brought about serious reform at the Corporation said the delivery of the trucks is a down payment that will stimulate the Corporation to carry on de-clogging of various sewage deposits in the city.
Monrovia City Mayor Clara D. Mvogo lauded UNICEF, USAID for the donation and pointed out that the trucks will enhance the effort of the LWSC in moving wastes.
The three specialized trucks were purchased with funding from the US Government. UNICEF has supported a number of projects related to the safe disposal of wastes, including supporting the development of safety protocols, training for LWSC workers, and provision of other materials such as basic personal protective equipment.