According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the appeal at a one-day stakeholders’ roundtable donor Conference on the Liberia Water and Sewer Sector held on Tuesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the theme: "Addressing the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation infrastructural gaps."
The Liberian Chief Executive informed donor partners that her leadership would be strategic and “very strong” in strengthening the Water and Sanitation Sector because, according to her, she wants a larger segment of the Liberian population to have access to safe-drinking water and better sanitation services.
President Sirleaf commended Liberia’s partners, terming their assistance to Water and Sewer over the years as “very fruitful to the survival of the Liberian people.”
She acknowledged the many challenges facing the WASH sector today, but pointed out that if Liberia is going to have a strong health sector; prevention has to be given much more attention than cure.
She said part of the problem relates to governance and the fragmentation in the WASH sector.
“We must now begin to channel our resources to the WASH sector and concentrate on how citizens can have access to clean and safe water, especially to correct past neglect as we look at our priorities in the Agenda for Transformation, especially what we are going to do in the post-Ebola era,” she emphasized, adding, “We now have the capacity to respond and prevent any infectious disease outbreak.”
The Liberian leader encouraged partners to consolidate partnership in getting priorities done in the interest of the people in a timely fashion.