The Chairman of the WASH Legislative Caucus at the National Legislature Jonathan Kaipay has called on National Government to step further in making policy and declare issues in the WASH sector as national emergency.
The Grand Bassa Lawmaker said for too long the sector has been considered as step-child to national issues and it is now time to graduate from such level and treat it as national imperative especially with the current wave of the Corona Virus which has a direct link with the sector.
“If not eradicated by 2030, let’s work harder to help implement the policies to the core and ensure the improvement of facilities within the sector, The Grand Bassa County Senator noted.
Senator Kaipay used the occasion in his opening remarks to challenge President George Weah to muster the courage and use his political will to help remedy the situation in the sector that is so far taken away the lives of mothers and girls as well as Liberians in general.
“Open Defecation is an issue, lack of safe drinking water and the accessibility as well as availability of facilities to the direct beneficiaries are all huge challenges the sector is being faced with”, he added.
According to him they are concern as key stakeholders in the sector and are working on modalities to help address the issue gradually.
Regionalizing the sector to ensure that WASH caucuses speak with one voice and many others are important issues they are working on, Kaipay indicated.
Also speaking at the one Day African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASGP) Country Stakeholder Consultation was the Chairman of the WASH board Mobutu Nyenpan who re-committed Government’s support to the sector.
He assured the body that National Government will commit resources that are necessary to enhance the work of the WASH Commission.
The Public Works Minister Speaking Tuesday March 10, 2020 at the one Day stakeholders consultative meeting hopes that the adoption of new policies in the sector will help further strengthen and improve it for the betterment of the Country.
He thanked the partners for their support to the sector thus far and noted that the meeting came at a time the world is working struggling in combating the killer Corona Virus from the global.
In the wake of the Corona virus crisis Minister Nyanpan also urged the participants at the meeting to craft appropriate guidelines and policies to help other Countries in combating the global threats.
In brief remarks the Program Manager of the African Ministers Council on Water Kich Bawa stressed the importance of working together as a team in order to address some of the issues confronting the growth process within the sector.
He said heads of States of respective Countries and partners are making some strides to help support activities within the sector but noted through concerted efforts and constant engagements of all parties involved, they can achieve their targeted goals by 2030.
Meanwhile the Chief Executive Officer of the WASH Commission Bobby Whitfield pointed out that despite some challenges they are working harder to create the necessary awareness to help keep the people safe sanitary-wise.
Currently he stated that they are creating massive national hand washing awareness in the wake of the corona virus global crisis.
Mr. Whitfield added his voice to the many voices calling on the public to follow all health preventive measures in order to protect themselves and the Country at large.
He hopes that at the end of the meeting necessary guidelines and policies will be crafted by stakeholders in the sector in order to help improve and enhance its activities for the benefit of all.
The one-day intensive African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG) Country Stakeholders Consultation meeting brought together key stakeholders in the sector and was organized by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in collaboration with the National Water Sanitation and Hygiene Commission.