LWSC, CICO Sign US$10.6M Grant Agreement

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and Chicquan Construction Company (CICO) have signed a US$10.6 million Agreement for the rehabilitation of the White Plains water treatment plant, outside Monrovia.According to the Agreement, preparations and mobilization of equipment will take four weeks for the contractor to begin actual work at the water treatment.The US$10.6 million funding for the rehabilitation works was provided by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Africa Water Facility (AWF).Besides, the Agreement covers the complete rehabilitation of the 21km long pipeline from the water treatment plant at White Plains through Red-light Market in Paynesville.At the signing ceremony on Friday, LWSC Managing Director, Charles B. Allen, explained that the funds are on the basis of grants and not loans.Director Allen also disclosed that the water treatment rehabilitation contractor was selected following an international competitive bidding process. The process, he said, was held among 12 bidding companies that were earlier shortlisted.Of that number, he said four bidders were qualified for the third phase of the interviews for the selection of the winner by a committee of highly qualifies Liberians.He also pointed out that after the third phase of the screening process, CICO was qualified, accepted and declared winner of the contract.When fully rehabilitated, the water agency will be able to pump and supply 16 million gallons of water to Monrovia and its environs every day.In a brief statement, CICO Deputy Country Manager, Chan Zetao, assured LWSC and Liberians that his company will live up to the terms and conditions of the contract.He then expressed the hope for future collaboration between CICO and LWSC.In remarks, LWSC Deputy managing director for Technical Services, Frankie Cassell, disclosed that the selection for the water treatment plant rehabilitation contract was carried out on the basis of the AfDB’s competitive bidding guidelines. He also assured the government and partners that CICO will work strictly in conformity with the specifications, drawings and designs as documented in the work plan.Mr. Cassell assured Liberians and partners that the rehabilitation works will be double-monitored and supervised by the hired international engineering firm and personnel from the water agency during the implementation period.He also indicated that the effective, management of the current funds provided by the AfDB and AWF are critical to the securing of additional soft loans from partners and other donor institutions in the future.“You are not going to get additional funding if the current funds provided are mismanaged,” Director Cassell warned.For his part, the project manager for the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (UWSSP), Gabriel S. Flaboe Sr., said as a result of the transition of different management heads and delays, the water treatment plant rehabilitation did experience some hurdles.The signing of the water treatment plant rehabilitation contract, he said, marks one of the significant points in the history of the LWSC.The UWSSP official pointed out that the current agreement is only intended to rehabilitate the water treatment plant and did not incorporate the expansion phase owing to the present staggering population of Monrovia. Mr. Flaboe however reminded Liberians and partners that the current water treatment plant was designed to meet the water needs of approximately 750,000 residents and customers prior to the civil conflict, but the population of Monrovia has increased approximately to 1.3 million inhabitants.Manager Flaboe then stressed the need for a robust expansion program in anticipation of pipe-borne water demands in the future by the growing population of Monrovia and environs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea to appoint Jose Mourinho’s replacement tonight, talkSPORT understands

first_img1 Premier League champions Chelsea are expected to appoint an interim manager this evening, talkSPORT understands. Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties on Thursday afternoon, after a disastrous start to their title defence.A number of potential replacements have been touted, including former interim boss Guus Hiddink and former Spurs and Real Madrid boss Juande Ramos. More to follow… Chelsea to appoint interim boss tonight, talkSPORT understands last_img


first_imgFianna Fáil Local election candidate for Letterkenny, James Pat McDaid, says the Government must stop playing games over water charges and finally inform families in Donegal how much they will have to pay for their water next year.James Pat McDaidMr McDaid was speaking as claim and counter-claim by Fine Gael and Labour representatives last week has left many families angered about the lack of any clear information on just how much they will be expected to pay for Water Charges in January.“The behaviour of Fine Gael and Labour representatives last week was been nothing short of appalling. People are not stupid; they know full well the Government is delaying telling people just how much they will pay in water charges until after May’s local elections. “This is despite the Taoiseach stating on numerous occasions that the information was only weeks away. People I am meeting on the doorstep every day are frightening by the continuing stream of misinformation they are getting from Fine Gael and Labour.“Families have no idea what kind of ‘free allowance’ they will receive and if the elderly or those with illnesses will be entitled to extra allowances.”The Glenswily man asked how are people supposed to support the introduction of water charges when they were hoodwinked into paying the Local Property Tax.“The Government promised that 80% of money collected from the Local Property Tax would go back onto local communities; instead €500 million of the money collected was put towards Irish Water. Not one cent of that money has been put into fixing pipes and leaks but 40% of our water is lost through leaking pipes. “Why should families in Letterkenny pay water charges when a quarter of all domestic water is leaking into the ground? Why should families pay water charges when there will be no consideration given to ability to pay? Why should families pay water charges when millions of taxpayer’s money has been spent on consultants’ reports instead of going to local amenities and services.“The silence of the Government representatives in Limerick has been deafening. How can they stand by and watch the Irish people be forced into paying water charges when they made such a mess of the Local Property Tax money.“The Government has no credibility on this; it needs to put politics aside and start being up front with households in Letterkenny and tell us just how much we are expected to pay in water charges come January.”   STOP PLAYING GAMES AND TELL FAMILIES HOW MUCH THEY’LL PAY IN WATER CHARGES – McDAID was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalelectionJames Pat McDaidwater chargeslast_img read more