The 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)
Senior Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday remanded a 25-year-old Albouystown, Georgetown, resident when he appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for unlawfully wounding his friend.Kevin Allicock of Lot 32 James Street, Albouystown, pleaded not guilty to the charge, which detailed that on April 17 at Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Joseph Barker with the intent to maim, disfigure, or cause grievous bodily harm.The court heard that on April 17, 2019, the Virtual Complaint and Allicock were both imbibing whilst playing around with knives. During the said activity, the defendant armed himself with one of the knives and dealt Barker a stab to his neck.The police report was made and Barker was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he received medical attention for his wound.Prosecutor Richard Harris in court on Friday revealed that the victim had to be readmitted to the health facility for treatment for the said wound. On that note, the prosecutor objected to bail.The unrepresented man was remanded to prison. The case will continue on July 29, 2019.
1 West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is determined to improve the squad next season, with the club announcing the departures of Alvaro Arbeloa, Jonathan Calleri and Gokhan Tore.The Irons finished last season in 11th place, having initially struggled for consistency following the move to the converted London 2012 Olympic Stadium.Bilic is set for some time out this summer, needing surgery on a long-standing hip problem – but he expects to be busy trying to bring in some fresh talent.“We are not (just) starting now, we have been talking for the whole season, monitoring and now it is about time to do it, not necessarily in a couple of weeks but until the finish, until the end of the transfer window,” the Croatian said to West Ham TV.“We know what positions we want to improve the team. We have a list of the players but it’s not very easy to get them, you know. It looks very positive so far.Bilic added: “We need quality players. Of course you always need quality players, but sometimes you are buying players for the future, sometimes you are buying players for the squad to be back-ups and all that, but we are good in that department.“Okay, we can talk about, if some of the players go, we can refresh the team with new players, but mainly we need the players who are going to improve the quality and be the game-changers.“There are no guarantees in football, but we need starting XI players in certain positions.“We want it all, but those players are very hard to get and they cost a bit. They are pretty much the privilege of the big, big, big guns. We have to close our eyes on some things. We can’t expect them to tick all the boxes with a mark 10.”West Ham confirmed their retained list for the 2017/2018 campaign on Thursday afternoon.Forward Calleri, 23, returns to Uruguayan parent club Deportivo Maldonado after appearing 19 times for the Irons, scoring his only goal in the Premier League victory at Middlesbrough in January.Turkey international midfielder Tore will head back to Besiktas following eight appearances in all competitions.Spanish defender Arbeloa, who joined from Real Madrid with the experience of winning both the Champions League and 2010 World Cup, made just four appearances in West Ham colours and will leave when his contract expires at the end of June.West Ham also confirmed young professionals goalkeeper Sam Howes, striker Sam Ford and defenders Kyle Knoyle and Sam Westley would all be released after not being offered new deals. The trio endured difficult seasons at the London Stadium