The Monrovia City Government has dedicated 14 modern hand-pumps to the people of Chessemanburg Township in Bomi County.
In a news release issued Monday 20 May in Monrovia, the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) says the hand-pumps were constructed by the City Government of Monrovia with support from the World Bank and the European Union (EU).
The release says the construction is part of MCC’s corporate social responsibilities to residents of Chessemanburg, Bomi County as the Corporation draws closer to having a new landfill site and the subsequent closure of the Whein Town landfill in Montserrado County.
The City Government of Monrovia on February 19, 2016 completed the payment of US$200,000.00 for the purchase of 100 acres of land to be used for the construction of a new landfill in Cheesemanburg.
The amount was disbursed as final payment to four family heads or land owners in the township of Cheesemanburg, according to the release.
The current landfill site is located in Whien Town, Paynesville, Montserrado County, but it is expected to be relocated to Bomi County in two years.
The MCC says the hand-pumps were dedicated and turned over to communities in Cheesemanburg by the Mayor of Monrovia Jefferson T. Koijee with World Bank Country Manger Larisa Leshchenko and EU Representative as well as community leaders and dwellers of Cheesemanburg in full attendance.
Speaking during the dedication ceremony, Mayor Koijee cautioned community dwellers to take full charge of managing the hand-pumps.
According to him, the safety and health condition of residents of Cheesemanburg remain a paramount concern to the MCC and its partners.
He notes that that the Cheesemanburg landfill site project encourages the full participation of residents of communities within the Township which is geared towards enhancing a smooth partnership.
The Monrovia City Mayor further explains that the MCC along with its partners will ensure that regular environmental studies are done to uphold safety standard and cautions against the reselling or encroaching on the premises of the project.
The release further quotes World Bank Country Manager Larisa Leshchenko and European Union Representative of reaffirming the World Bank and EU’s continuous support to the Monrovia City Government under the leadership of Mayor Koijee.
Both partners lauded Mayor Koijee for the level of work done at the MCC since his ascendency.
According to the press release, the partners encouraged Mayor Koijee to continue to forge ahead with his agenda to transform Monrovia.
Residents of the community assured the full protection of the new landfill site, noting that the people of Cheesemanburg would serve as watchdogs for the project.
The says indicates that the residents thanked the MCC for taking the project to the community.– Press release.