24,000 Residents Depend on Outdated Hand Pumps in Voinjama

first_imgMore than 24,000 residents and dozens of small and medium business entities continue to depend on outdated hand pumps installed by aid agencies in Voinjama City, Lofa County.The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation through one of its implementing partners, Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP) and supported by USAID, should be able to provide pipe borne water to Voinjama City.Every week, hundreds of residents scramble at the limited hand pumps in the desperate search for clean water for domestic and other uses.According to the Voinjama sub office of the Liberia Institute of Statistics for Geo-information Services (LISGIS) there are 24000 residents inhabiting the Lofa capital.During the tour of some of the affected communities in Voinjama last Tuesday, it was gathered that majority of the residents are crying for safe drinking water.According to the affected residents, many of them arise as early as 4:30 a.m. to be able to obtain enough water for the day.At one of the overcrowded hand pumps at Karzar Quarter in Voinjama City, water peddlers told the Daily Observer that even during this rainy season, securing clean water is indeed an uphill battle throughout the week.“You can imagine during the dry season, our water situation will be indeed desperate and worrisome. Something urgent must be done to complete our Liberia municipal Water Project,” peddler Sarah B. Mulbah stressed.The LMWP water project, which is supported by USAID, has delayed that doubts continue to linger in the people’s minds as to whether Voinjama will ever be blessed with safe drinking water.A cook shop owner, Elizabeth B. Massayan, told the Daily Observer that the water situation of Voinjama City needs attention.According to one of Voinjama City’s prominent businessmen, Anthony Mulbah Karzarku, small business enterprises are encountering serious hardships due to some of the challenges associated with obtaining safe drinking water.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HIGHEST COMMERCIAL VACANCIES IN COUNTRY IN BALLYBOFEY

first_imgA Donegal town has the highest percentage of vacant commercial properties in Ireland, a report has found.Ballybofey has a commercial vacancy rate of 28.2%, it was announced today.Letterkenny was also placed well above the national average with a vacancy rate of 20.2%. The national average is 12.3%. Charlie Ferry of the Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce says that this is a shocking statistic.He said that businesses are under huge pressure under current commercial rates. “If we can get the rates down, it might stave off closures,” he said.Ferry said that more closures are imminent unless the Council cooperate with businesses by lowering rates.Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said that the Property Tax would give councils more leeway to negotiate commercial rates, but this has not happened, Ferry said. The Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce set up an online petition demanding a 25% reduction in commercial rates for Donegal businesses. It has 33 signatures so far.Out of the 7268 commercial addresses in County Donegal, 13% were reported to be empty.The vacancy rates for other towns fell in and around the national average: 15.9% of commercial properties in Buncrana are vacant, along with 9.9% in Bundoran and 12.5% in Donegal town.These figures arose from a GeoView and DKM Economic Consultants quarterly report on Commercial Properties in Ireland that counted empty units in August 2013.Annette Hughes, Director of DKM Economic Consultants said “The vacancy rates are also likely to influence the location of new development.” by Rachel McLaughlinHIGHEST COMMERCIAL VACANCIES IN COUNTRY IN BALLYBOFEY was last modified: October 8th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Ballybofeychamber of commercecommercial propertiesvacant businesseslast_img read more