…Representatives Candidates Assure Massive Support if elected – By: WASH R&E “Media” Network – As part of its activities under WaterAid Liberia, the United Youth, a local WASH CSO has embarked on series of activities aimed at providing the platform for citizens to have the opportunity to quiz individuals seeking elected positions to inform them what they will do in supporting water, sanitation and hygiene if elected as Representatives.
Recently, the WASH CSO held a forum bringing together some of the Representative candidates together in District 14, Montserrado County to inform residents of that District on their platforms for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
Providing an overview of the occasion, WaterAid Liberia Policy Officer, Patience Zayzay, said the forum is geared towards providing the opportunity for residents and citizens to be adequately informed about the activities of Representatives candidates on WASH for the District.
Ms. Zayzay indicated that such a gathering will compare those seeking these elected positions to be obligated to the citizens with promises made at the forum on WASH.
She said such a forum will show case the thoughts and ideas Representative candidates have when it comes to water, sanitation and hygiene in Liberia.
The British charity Policy Officer said one of the most profound ways of committing these Representative candidates to ensure that they sign on a pledge card committing them, that when they are elected as Representatives from their District they will support water, sanitation and hygiene in the House of Representatives.
She urged the residents to use the forum to ask allof the necessary questions to these representatives concerning how they will address the issues of water, sanitation and hygiene in the Legislature.
Addressing the forum, one of the Representative candidates, Abraham Dorley said Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is very much important to the survival of the global village.
Mr. Dorley said WASH plays a cardinal role in the social and economic development of any nation.
He commended WaterAid for introducing such a program in the District for Representative candidates to be engaged by residents with the aim of telling residents what they will do to support water, sanitation and hygiene.
The District 14 Representative candidate said the initiatives by WaterAid and United Youth will afford the underprivileged and marginalized to get better WASH service delivery.
Mr. Dorley also commended WaterAid for been supportive of the engagements with the National Legislature for the passage of the WASH Commission Act.
He said establishment of such an entity, will put to rest allof the issues ranging from fragmentation, financing and governance in the WASH sector.
For her part, another Representative candidate Elizabeth Dunkin, pledged her support to buttress efforts of the government and colleagues in the National Legislature in providing the necessary allotment for the improvement of WASH.
Madam Dunkin also said she will get involved personally in WASH initiatives in the District to keep the District and citizens clean and healthy.
She meanwhile commended WaterAid and United youth for the Initiatives, adding it provided the opportunity for them as Representatives candidates to interact with residents of the District.