By: Washington Tumay Watson firstname.lastname@example.org
MONROVIA-Several Youth Groups have urged the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Finance Development Planning to improve the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector, through the provision of financial support.
The groups, which included the United Youth for Clean Environment (UYCE) and Community Self-Help Initiative (CSI) in a statement, called on the Ministry of Finance to increase budgetary support to improve the sector.
According to the Spokesperson Alfred Washington, the Government, through the 2022 National Budget allotted US$500,000 but the said amount was never disbursed.
Washington said the money was used for different purposes and the WASH sector was totally neglected.
He said that the Commission plays a key role in transforming the lives of Liberians.
The Youth Group Spokesperson noted that partners are willing to support the people within those vulnerable communities to provide decent latrines as a means of addressing the issue of open defecation.
He further indicated that the partners are also concerned about the unclean and unsafe drinking water those in the rural communities are consuming.
Washington narrated that if the Government through the Ministry of Finance and the Legislature fully supports the sector partners will do more to improve the sector.
He further expressed disappointment that the sector was not in President Weah’s Recent State of the Nation Address at the legislature.
It can be recorded that Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipay said budgetary support for the WASH sector across Liberia is necessary, but there is a need for the sector to identify projects to get budgetary support from the Legislature in the 2023 budget and beyond.
With this called, it is hoped that those within the sector identify projects that will clearly be indicated how the funding will be properly used.