The primary objective of the study which was conducted by a Liberian consultant, Mr. Varney Yengbeh, Jr. was to assess corruption risks in the water sector in Liberia with emphasis on the flows of public financing from the central government aimed at improving water supply and sanitation services in the country. The study mainly identified bottlenecks, leakages, accountability failures and institutional arrangements that could help reduce corruption risks in the water sector in Liberia.
Making remarks at the opening of the workshop, LACC’s Executive Chairperson, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr. said the Commission would take the report seriously because enormous resources are being put into the water sector to enhance effective services, but noted that services have not improved to commensurate
with the level of investment in the sector.
The LACC in close collaboration with the UNDP has prioritized fighting corruption through a sectoral approach that requires a clear understanding of how the risks of corruption are manifested in the education, water and health sectors. Results and recommendations from the assessment will be helpful for policy reforms and decision-making at the national level and to raise public awareness of the urgent need to involve stakeholders and the oversight of average citizens in fighting corruption at all levels for an improved water governance system.
The workshop, sponsored by the UNDP brought together representatives from the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation, UNDP, and the Ministries of Lands, Mines & Energy, Public Works and Health & Social Welfare. The occasion was graced by the presence of Montserrado County Representatives Solo George and Richmond Anderson.