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15
Jan
2020

Voinjama Water Treatment Plant in Dilapidated State

first_imgThe decades-old Liberia and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) water treatment plant in Voinjama City, Lofa County continues to remain in a debilitated state.Voinjama City, the capital of Lofa County, is home to more than 11,000 residents. The county’s capital also plays host to a number of foreign and Liberian-owned businesses.Every year during the Dry Season residents of Voinjama endure the hardship of acute clean water shortages.In a recent tour of Voinjama, dozens of the city’s inhabitants were seen desperately searching for water sources while others were stranded and stood in long queues for several hours at old hand pumps.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP/Tetra-tech) has earmarked US$12 million for water treatment rehabilitation.The LWSC’s outstation water treatment plant in Voinjama was completely destroyed during the Liberian civil conflict in the early 1990s.According to LMWP/Tetra-tech officials, the water project is a four-year plan intended to rehabilitate the provincial capital cities of Robertsport, Sanniquellie, and Voinjama in Grand Cape Mount, Nimba and Lofa Counties, respectively.LMWP/Tetra-tech officials told the Daily Observer that several training seminars have been conducted for Local Steering Committee members intended for the sustainable management of LWSC outstations in the three counties.Hence, the ground breaking ceremony for the Robertsport City water project was held in Grand Cape Mount County last year which was attended by the American Ambassador to Liberia Madam Deborah Malac and top officials of USAID, LMWP/Tetra-tech, LWSC and local Liberian Government officials.When interviewed early last week, some Voinjama residents underscored the need to fast-track the water project; which they feel is moving at a snail’s pace in terms of implementation.They claimed that too much bureaucracy is associated with the actual implementation of the water.The residents explained that several water sources in Voinjama are not reliable as majority of the water wells and hand pumps are in dilapidated states.Some of the residents and business people told the Daily Observer last week that they get up as early as 4:30am to rush to the various hand pumps and water wells to fetch the available clean water.Voinjama City is one of the fastest growing in terms of population among Liberia’s 15 counties.Because of this fact, the residents said the provision of clean pipe-borne water to the city’s more than 11,000 inhabitants and their respective business entities could not be over-emphasized.Ms. Kebbeh Kesselly said they have endured so many hardships as a result of the continued water shortage in Voinjama and its immediate environs.Businessman Mulbah Beyan, a restaurant operator in Voinjama noted the situation in the city needs urgent intervention by the LWSC and its support partners.Several of Voinjama’s major water sources are presently running dry. Due to this situation urgent steps by the LWSC’s management need to be buttressed by all concerned stakeholders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

06
Jan
2020

Kitui ready to host Eastern Chapa Dimba

first_img0Shares0000Taqwa FC Player Mohamed Ali (Front) shields the ball away from Mwingi JuniorsPatrick Mwangangi during last year’s Safaricom Chapa Dimba Eastern-Region finalsat the Embu Stadium.NAIROBI, Kenya, March 5 – After the opening two rounds, the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom heads to Eastern region with Kitui Showground hosting the football tournament this weekend (March 9-10).Eight youth teams will battle it out for the region’s supremacy and a chance to play in the national finals set for June in Meru County. The region’s competition begun in January with a total of 176 teams taking part in the preliminaries.The boys’ semis will see Isiolo Young Stars play Triumph boys from Embu while Mwingi’s Super Solico will take on Samba boys from Moyale.The corresponding girls’ category will have Karugwa Queens from Meru Central face Chuka Starlets from Meru South as Marsabit’s Sakuu Queens meet St. Mary’s Ndovea from Makueni.The region’s defending champions Mwingi Junior Academy and Ngakaa Talent Center, failed to qualify for regional finals to pave way for new champions to be crowned.Mwingi Juniors celebrate after beating Taqwa FC 5-4 on post-match penalties to winEastern tittle of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions last at the Embu Stadium.“The matches have been very competitive all the way from the grassroots level. We have seen new and aggressive players and teams putting their talents into action and we hope some of them will form the all-star team that will train in Spain. The teams are ready and we expect entertaining football this weekend,” said Iddy Badi, Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Eastern Region Coordinator.The regional winners will receive a cash reward of Sh200,000 each and a chance to represent the region in the tournament’s national finals. The runners- up will also pocket Sh 100,000 each.Already, Western region’s Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints as well as Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza have qualified for the national finals after winning their respective regional titles.After Eastern the tournament moves to Rift Valley, Coast, Central, North Eastern and Nairobi regions as the race to La Liga heats up.The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propel gifted players to the national team.This year an all-star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more