By: WASH R&E – In a bid to buttress the Government of Liberia, Stake holders, Civil Society and development partners’ efforts in providing safe drinking water for the citizenry , the Liberty Investment Company, producer of Aqua Life, has commenced the process of drilling bole holes and the construction of hand pumps in and around Monrovia for impoverished communities in the country.
At the launch of the program over the Weekend, the General Manager of the company, Mr. Polinus Kofi said the provision of safe drinking water is the entity’s way of identifying with the Liberian government in its strive to provide safe drinking water to the citizens and residents of Monrovia and its environs.
Mr. Kofi said the bringing in of a drilling machine by his company is a clear indication that Liberty Investment is not only interested in profit making, but also providing safe drinking water free of charge to the people of Liberia.
The company’s General Manager assured Liberians that as long the his entity continues to operate in the country it will contribute meaningfully and immensely to the social and economic development of the nation.
Mr. Kofi described the construction of hand pumps in around Monrovia as a humanitarian gesture and a way of indentifying with the Liberian Government’s bid of providing safe drinking water.
For his part ,Mr. Patterson Blamo, proxy for Montserrado County District 17 representative described the construction of the hand pumps in impoverish communities like his district as a boost to Government efforts in providing safe drinking water to its citizens, especially residents of district 17 who have been suffering lack of safe drinking water.
According to the Chief of Office staff of Rep. William Dakel, the project by Liberty Investment is one of the best thing that has ever happened to the people of Red Hill community and a step forward toward the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), initiated by government.
Mr. Blamo asserted that the gesture by Liberty investment Company will contribute positively to the drive of government in the provision of safe drinking water.
Also speaking, the Assistant Director for Environmental and Occupational Health at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, J. Myers David said the ministry is elated about the company’s good will gesture.
Mr. David said his ministry will corporate with company for its health inspectors to identified communities that are in dire need of water.
Making remarks at the program, a proxy of Public Works Minister, Hon. Samuel Kofi Woods, one of the ministry’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Engineer, Zaza Abbas Flomo, commended the Liberty Investment company for such an undertaken and reveled that his ministry will do all it can to support the hand pumps inititiative
Mr. Flomo urged other mineral water companies to emulate the good example of Liberty Investment Company by constructing hand pumps with the aim of providing safe drinking water for Liberians.
Serving as a Co Launcher at the program, the Advocacy and Communication Officer of the WASH Consortium of Liberia, a conglomeration of six International NGOs, with focus on Water, Sanitation and hygiene, Miss Robert-Etta Rose, congratulated the management of Liberty Investment Company for its meaningful contribution toward the WASH sector of the country.
Miss Rose added that the Consortium was pleased with Liberty investment for indentifying the need for the provision of safe drinking water for residents of Monrovia and its environs.
Making remarks on behalf of the Civil Society Organizations WASH Network, the Chief Administrator of the WASH Reporters and Editors of Liberia, Mr. D. Sonpon Weah stressed the need for the project to be extended to rural parts of the country where citizens are in desperate need of safe drinking water.
He however used the occasion to lavish praises on the entity for going beyond the borders of business in constructing hand pumps free of charge for residents of the Red Hill Community.