A three-day workshop for members of the Federation of Petty Traders and Informal Workers Union of Liberia (FEPITUL) ends in Monrovia with calls for concrete relationship between the organization, government and other stakeholders in managing organic waste in Monrovia.
The training, organized by FEPITUL, was facilitated by two waste management experts from Excluded Workers Union of Argentina, Madam Paola Martimez and Nicholas Caropresi.
According to a release, the two international waste management experts stressed the need to recycle organic waste in Liberia as a means of creating job for petty traders and enhancing the economy.
Sharing their experience on how they deal with waste management in Argentina, they challenge the leadership of FEPITUL to remain focus and partner with government and other international partners to ensure their members benefit from self-initiative, noting that by doing so, petty traders across the country would eventually become economically viable.
Earlier, the National Chairman of FEPITUL, Comfort Doyen, welcomed participants from across the country, foreign partners and government officials to the training workshop and disclosed plans for the organization to lobby with the international community in undertaking organic waste recycling projects in Liberia.
Madam Doyen says these pending projects will, in the long run, assist national government in providing jobs and economic livelihood for citizens, especially petty vendors who survive on informal labour activities, urging the participants to adequately utilize knowledge acquired to improve their economic status.
The Director-General of the Monrovia City Corporation, Ambraham Ganeo, commended FEPITUL leadership for the training and assured that the city government of Monrovia will collaborate and support the organization in keeping Monrovia clean of dirt, while creating economic benefits for unemployed youth and members of the organization.
Participants in the workshop came from the FEPITUL, MCC, Paynesville City Corporation and related solid waste management entities in the country.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne