UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) has formally inaugurated hand washing stations for motorcyclists in parts of Monrovia.
The five hundred (500) gallons poly tanks are being installed at twenty-three (23) different motorcycle parking stations across Monrovia and its environs. 2 out of the twenty-five tanks procured, were turned over to the Bomi County Local Administration for use by the Transport Union in that part of the Country.
In addition to the poly tanks, the Transport Union also received five barrels of 45kg of chlorine, over 2,000 sprayer bottles, 30 cartons of hand sanitizers, over 2,000 Ebola prevention stickers, and over 800 pieces of reflective vests. This initiative builds on UNDP capacity to help sustain the EVD prevention efforts and messaging among transport operators.
At a brief dedication programme held in Monrovia, Deputy Transport Minister for Administration, Bushuben Keita, told the motorcyclists to properly utilize the tanks by regularly washing their hands.
The Minister told the leadership of the motorcyclists to put in place the necessary mechanisms to ensure that the tanks and other preventive materials are protected and maintained. “These things are for your use. You have to ensure that they are protected and maintained….” He said.
Also in remarks, UNDP Team Leader on the Sustainable Economic Transformation (SET) Pillar Dorsla Farcarthy said UNDP remains committed and ready to supporting efforts of the government and partners to totally eradicate the deadly Ebola Virus Disease from Liberia.
Mr. Farcarthy encouraged the motorcyclists to take ownership of the items and effectively utilize Ebola preventive materials for the safety of them and their passengers.
The project is being carried out under the theme: “Transport the people, not the virus.”