By Victor C. Hanson, Jr.
The Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and a Chinese company named Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO), over the weekend signed US$ 10.6 million deal for the rehabilitation of the White Plains water treatment plant.
Speaking at the Signing Ceremony, LWSC Managing Director, Charles Allen said the contract which begins soon is being founded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Water Facility and it is not a loan rather a grant.
Allen stated that the contract would assist in the process of strengthening the corporation to reduce the water challenges that Liberians and all other foreigners that are residing in the country are now face with.
He added that the contract will assist the corporation to move form delivering 4 million gallons to meeting up with the country’s population by producing 16 million gallons after the rehabilitation process.
For his part, CICO Deputy Country Manager, Yang Zetao said despite it being his company first time in a contract with the LWSC. Mr. Zetao assured that CICO will meet up with whatever that is in the contract agreement.
He said CICO will used the same method being used in every contract since it stay in the country for the implementation of the project to ensure that the contract between the LWSC and them (CICO) be a success.
Also making remark at the ceremony, the Assistance Labor Minister for Trade Union & Social Dialogue Emmett Crayton said there should be Liberians participation during the contract and that the country’s labor law must be taken into consideration.
Minister Crayton said they are so excited for the contract but there are some concerns which include the transfer of knowledge to assist in the maintenance process because after the contract CICO would be gone and the facility would be turn over to the LWSC which is being managed by Liberians.
He added that there should be some Liberians on the CICO’s senior management team because there are some Liberians who are capable, qualified and do a lot of job.
Minister Crayton said that CICO should also work with the Labor Ministry National Bureau of Employment and asked that CICO management work along with the bureau to move the work forward and make it efficient and effective.