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Liberia: WASH Activist takes issue with President Weah

“The office of the President has not given attention to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector and this is unfortunate,” asserted a WASH activist, Timothy Kpeh.

According to him, the key sector does not have the political will it deserves, and therefore, it has the propensity to hinder the necessary progress it so desires.

He said the President’s attention to the sector is very pivotal and they as civil society actors will not rest neither compromise such advocacy until he listens to them.

“Let’s be clear, we need him, we need the Liberian leader to step in and take the crucial decision to take the sector to another level,” he added.

Mr. Kpeh stressed that the report on ending Open Defecation by 2025 in Liberia will not be fully implemented without the full support of the President.

He told a gathering of stakeholders in the sector on Monday, November 22, 2021 that as the donors and other development partners buttress the government’s efforts in the sector, and hence, it is also important that President Weah sees the need to play his part as his attention is needed now than ever before.

At the same time, the National Executive Director of the United Youth for Peace, Education, Transparency and Development called on donor and other development partners to see the need to support the civil society in the sector.

He indicated that the sector is where it is now as a result of the CSOs consistent and constructive advocacies over the years, something he noted, needs to be further harnessed for the betterment of the society.

Mr. Kpeh’s statement was buttressed by his colleague, Stanley James Kpartor who also challenged stakeholders and national actors to take tangible action to help improve the sector.

“Less talk and more work /action,” Mr. Kpartor stressed, stating that there have been so many sessions and policy papers about the sector but now is the time to roll out their  sleeves and practicalize all what they discussed for the common good of the society .

The Youth WASH Coalition  Africa boss also indicated the need for the total and direct involvement of civil society into the operations and activities of the WASH sector.

Both Kpeh and Kpartor added that as a means of transforming the sector, the direct representatives of the people and victims, should there be any challenges and issues in the sector are the civil society actors as such their full involvement, participation and support to the key sector of government is critical.

Meanwhile, they spoke Monday, November 22, 2021 at the official launch of Liberia’s WASH Country Diagnostic Report .

 

Last modified on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 05:32
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