8 July 2013

Liberia: Residents Must Help Clean Monrovia


IT SEEMS MONROVIA, the only major City in Liberia, is returning to a zero level sanitation, barely four months after former City Major, Mary T. Broh, was forced to resign from the headship of the Monrovia City Council.

SHE WAS REPLACED by Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper, who many see as a weakling when it comes to solving the garbage problem in Monrovia and its environs. Cllr. Cooper admitted recently to his inability to handle the affairs of the City Council when he appealed to the House's Ways, Means and Finance Committee when he appeared before the House to defend the corporation's budget.

HE RECOMMENDED THAT the committee should find it expedient to allow madam Broh to go back to the City Council, a clear indication that he does not have the technical knowhow to combat the garbage situation in the city.

THE SANITARY SITUATION leading to the unhealthy condition of residents of the city has become a major issue of concern as there is clear evidence that the current authority at the City council cannot cope with the tons of garbage produced daily in Monrovia. THE INDISCRIMINATE DUMPING of rubbish by residents has continued to make our streets extremely dirty with drainages blocked everywhere causing flooding on the streets. WHILE IT IS true that efforts are being made daily to keep the city clean, Monrovians lack the courtesy of properly disposing of their own waste. People have the habit of throwing dirt anywhere in the streets, despite the presence of garbage containers everywhere in street corner.

TO BE ABLE to reduce the volume of garbage on our streets, the City Corporation needs to mount a serious education campaign to sensitize residents about the need to properly dispose of the waste they produce.

THERE IS ALSO the need for residents to engage in voluntary actions to help clean their surroundings and major dump sites

TO DUMP DIRT at randomly and expect the city corporation to clean it amounts to promoting health hazard and an unfair treatment of the environment.

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