13 February 2013

Liberia: U.S.$400 Million for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Plan - Says Theo Ade

Photo: Liberia Government
President Sirleaf quenches the thirst of a child shortly after dedicating a water pump.

The Deputy Coordinator of the Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) Mr. Theo Ade has disclosed that a total of US$400m is needed for the implementation of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector development and Investment Plan (SIP) between 2012 to 2017 target.

Making a presentation at the launch of the Government of Liberia WASH Joint Sector Review and Investment Plan on behalf of Finance Minister Amara Konneh at the SKD Sports Complex last week, said a total funding requirement to reach the 2030 target is estimated at US$3.4 billion.

He added that there is a substantial funding gap of about US$450m for the first five years and in total a gap of US$1.5 to reach the sector targets in 2030, adding that it is a way of linking the WASH Sector Capacity investment and development Plan to the Vision 2030 Agenda for Transformation.

'Emphasizing on meeting the 2017 targets of US$400m, said the other name for vision 2030 is making Liberia a middle income earning country by the year 2030.

He said 52% of a total of US$208m will be needed to reach the targets of water, sanitation and solid waste management in urban areas while 18% of the total of US$71m is required fior WASH services in rural areas.

A total of 12% of the amount of US$48m is needed for water, sanitation, and hygiene services in schools, clinics and public areas. 18% of the amount which is US$74m will be needed for the WASH sector capacity building.

He said it has been observed that US$59m is needed for investments in water services in Monrovia and US$37m for sanitation services in Monrovia, adding that access to improved sanitation for 61% of Monrovia's population by 2017 remains a challenge that entails a complete rehabilitation of the entire sewerage system, a sanitation master plan and also urging households and land-lords to improve on sanitation and toilets.

He noted that the 2012-2017 SIP for 23 cities water supply will provide access to water for 93% of the urban population including completing the piped water systems in6 cities namely: Buchanan, Kakata, Zwedru, Sanniquelluie, Robertsport and Voinjama.

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