EU, WORLD Bank Handover Three Front-End-Loaders
– To Support Solid Waste Management In Monrovia And Paynesville Cities
As the Mayor of the City of Monrovia Hon. Jefferson T. Koijee describe improper waste disposal a national security threat which requires a set of holistic approaches anchored on a firm community engagement.
On November 28, 2018, the World Bank and the European Union (EU) handover three Front-End-Loaders to the cities of Monrovia and Paynesville, held at the MCC Compound central Monrovia, Handing over the three Front-End-Loaders to MCC and PCC, the Country Operation Manager of the World Bank, Esther Rojas-Garcia, thank partners of the LRTF and the EU for supporting this sector.
“On behalf of the World Bank Family, we are filled with joy and happiness to participate in the handover of essential equipment to support solid waste management in Monrovia and Paynesville. Monrovia as any other African city, is facing challenges with managing its waste, and the challenges will continue to grow as a result of urbanization and population growth” she added.
“The World Bank its Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF) partners have supported the solid waste management sector in Liberia since the Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation (EMUS) project with over US$30 million in investment to build the fundamentals of waste management after the war” Garcia alluded.
This partnership has been pursued with the Cheesemanburg Landfill and Urban Sanitation(CLUS) project approved in June 2017 with a US$10.5 million grant from the LRTF with funds from EU to continue to support the sector through infrastructure equipment, capacity building and proper planning.
“The Equipment that we are handing over today is just the first lot of many more equipment valued over US$2million to support the waste management capacity in Monrovia. Three (3) pickup trucks were delivered in July this year and more equipment will be made available in the coming months. Knowing waste collection has been the main subject of discussions recently, I know that his new set of equipment will be a breath of fresh air to Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) waste management staff and will reduce the high cost incurred to rent them. I therefore urge the MCC and PCC to make a good use of the equipment and to properly maintain them” she lamented.
Making the recognition and Brief introduction of the Ceremony, Tolbert A. Kerkulah Project Coordinator-CLUS, welcome the Country Manager of World Bank-Liberia, Mrs. Esther Rojas-Garcia, Ms Vera Kellen- EU Delegation/ LRTF, Hon. Pam B. Taylor, Mayor of Paynesville City, and Hon. Jefferson T. Koijee, Mayor of Monrovia City.
“We are here today to handover three pieces of front-End-Loaders to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and the Paynesville City Corporation to help clean Monrovia and it environ.”
Speaking on behalf the Paynesville City Corporation, Hon. Pam B. Taylor, the Mayor of Paynesville City thank the World Bank, EU, the supplier and the Mayor of Monrovia.
“This is history for Paynesville City Corporation, and this is the first time Paynesville City has ever getting any logistical support to say that this is their own, as we all know Paynesville is the largest City in Liberia”.
Also making remarks, Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee “I want to seize this opportunity to hold heatedly appreciate our donor partner beginning with EU for it consistent and continue support for the people of this Republic, and to the World Bank we say thank you, and we also want to acknowledge the President corporation and support in ensuring that the people of Liberia anticipated ambition of been successful will be achieve under his leadership”