30 April 2014

Liberia: The Misuse of Drainages, a Bad Omen


Our attention has been drawn to the incessant misuse of drainages in our country, particularly in Monrovia and its environs.

We have observed that the mishandling of the drainages is seriously causing discomfiture to the city of Monrovia as well as health hazard to residents of the once beautiful city of ours.

We have further observed that the continual misuse of the drainages by some residents of Monrovia is also creating bad odor in many parts of the city as well as blocking the free flow of water and feces, especially from the central sewer line.

The bad smell, we have noticed, comes mainly from the Soineewein Drainage, which is located between Camp Johnson Road and UN Driver, the Lynch and Randall Streets, and it is considered the biggest drainage in the city.

We are told that the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) on many times cleaned the Soineewein Drainage as well as the UNDP and UNMIL under their Quick Impart Initiatives through the residents of the Community, but the cleanliness of that drainage up to now cannot be maintained.

We are further told that many of the houses built in the Soineewein community don't have septic tanks, but their toilet and bathroom pipes are connected to the drainages.

We consider the misuse of the drainages as a bad omen and must be discouraged.

We think it is about time we all work collectively in ensuring the proper cleaning and maintenance of the drainages in Monrovia and its environs.

When this growing problem is not urgently addressed, we believe, it has the propensity to cause more harm to all of us.

And so, we all need to join the relevant government authorities in helping to ensure the proper cleaning and upkeep of the drainages in our beloved city.

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