Parting Urge -Citizens Want Active WASH Commission

A cross section of citizens from West Point Township in Monrovia are making a parting urge on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to ensure that she make the WASH Commission active.

President Sirleaf is expected to turn over power to Amb. George Weah on January 22, 2018, and the WASH Commission is yet to be function since she constituted it some months ago.

The citizens said if this is not done before she leaves office as president, it could certainly undermine efforts and gains made by WASH Civil Society Organizations and Development Partners which is aimed at creating an enabling WASH environment across the country.

The citizens made the statement during a one day citizens Dialogue on the WASH Commission organized by the Liberia NGO Network, LINNK with funding from Water Aid Liberia/ Sierra Leone.

They noted that the commission will become operational by when the president appoints officials to occupy key positions at that newly established entity.

The West Point Residents said President Sirleaf as WASH Ambassador of Africa must ensure that she puts the necessary mechanisms in place before for the water, sanitation and hygiene sector of the country before her tenure ends.

Providing an overview of the one day dialogue, the chairman of LINNK, George Kayah said the dialogue was intended to create the platform for citizens to be aware of their rights when it comes water, sanitation and hygiene in the country.

Mr. Kayah indicated that issue of water is a human right matter that the entire world has recognized and as such Liberia as a signatory to several accords must respect these protocols by ensuring it provide safe water , sanitation and hygiene.

He urged the citizens to always engage their representatives on the provision of safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene.

The WASH CSO Advocate told the citizens that lots of efforts have been exerted that local organizations and the National legislature to ensure the passage of the act creating the WASH commission.

In a related Several development, WASH Advocates are calling on the president to appoint officials to the commission.

The WASSH actors believe that when this commission become operational it will help in resolving the issues of fragmentation funding and governance of governance.

It can be recalled that in October of last year the Liberian Senate concord with the House of Representatives in passing the WASH Commission bill.

Many Liberians, especially underprivileged and marginalized viewed the passage of the bill the law makers as timely and life saving .

According to them,   the passage of the bill certainly bring to fruition the dream of many Liberians who are faced with the issues of water, sanitation and hygiene.

 

 

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