“Potential National Security Threat”
-Mayor Koijee Declares Waste
The Mayor of the City of Monrovia said improper waste disposal is a national security threat which requires a set of holistic approaches anchored on firm community engagement.
The Mayor referenced the rapid spread of the 2014 outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus which he noted, can be traced to the fundamentally challenge of waste management in Monrovia and other areas.Koijee pointed that no other time is better than now for stakeholders in communities, the environment and waste management sectors to develop and derive a sustainable plan to address the menace.
According to Mayor Koijee, the citizens of Monrovia and surrounding areas must dialogue derive at a lasting solution by which all can proudly boast of their capital city.
He vowed that the City government will not hesitate to implement or enforce the outcome of the stakeholder’s dialogue which seeks to promote a healthy, clean and green environment.
The Mayor spoke Friday when the Monrovia City Corporation formally opened a two day Waste Management Conference in the theater of the city government.
Held under the theme: “Building Synergy and Partnership for a Sustainable Approach towards Solid Waste Management”, the two days conference brings together stakeholders who will develop concerted plan that can serve as a long term solution to solid waste management.
The conference is also expected to bring together stakeholders including donors within the waste management sector who are rallying the needed expertise, logistics, and resources to help the MCC address solid waste disposal.
The Commissioner for Environment of Lagos, Nigeria, Dr. Babatunde Adejare told participants at the start of the conference Friday, “the fight against waste must be intensified not just Liberia, but across Africa”.
“This will serve as a beginning of promoting a safe, clean, green and united Africa”, Dr. Adejare told the gathering.
He lauded the MCC through its Mayor-Jefferson Koijee for steps taking to solve improper waste disposal which according to him has become “a national embarrassment to the rest of Africa”.
Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy for her part cautioned communities to lead the campaign against garbage, stressing that improper waste disposal cannot be fought without citizens’ participation.
She pledged Montserrado County’s continuous support to working with her cities and townships to ensure cleanliness.
The Monrovia City Corporation has repeatedly noted that problem of solid Waste /garbage management, if not handled with care could soon become a national threat.
The MCC wants commitment of all community dwellers as it anticipates to make Monrovia one of the cleanest cities in Africa, in line with acceptable environmental practices and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Meanwhile, the ongoing stakeholders conference will involve a review and update of current solid waste disposal mechanisms as well as brainstorm on best practices and effective strategies for the sanitary well being of Monrovia and its people.
Stakeholders and institutions invited to participate in the two days conference will also share their entities’ works, programs and support to solid waste management within the city limit of Monrovia.
Promoting a clean, green and safe city in Monrovia is key to the CDC government’s “Pro-Poor Agenda” and an utmost commitment of the Monrovia City Government under the leadership of Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee.