In an effort to keep Monrovia and its environs clean, the Monrovia City Corporation or MCC launches a waste management pilot project, starting with four electoral districts across Montserrado County.
The four districts include districts 7, 8, 9 and 10. The project is expected to run for three months beginning April.
City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee says the pilot project will focus on a modernized approach intended to properly manage waste within the city limits of Monrovia through collaboration of the accredited Community Base Enterprises (CBEs) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Koijee explains the exercise in the four electoral districts is expected to target approximately 36,000 out of 85,000 structures enumerated throughout the 10 electoral districts of Monrovia.
He says all skip buckets at road sides and communities will eventually be removed and only be maintained and monitored 24 hours at market places.
The Mayor continues that every house, business in each of the four pilot districts will be required to subscribe and pay for waste at MCC identified account set up in communities for easy access.
He notes the MCC is working out modalities with partners to ensure that Monrovia becomes a SMART city like other cities in the sub-region, adding that as part of his vision to ensure that is achieved, a software named and styled “Ducor Software” has also been developed for waste tracking and household locations.
The MCC Boss also stresses the need for community dwellers to take full ownership of the pilot project which seeks to address waste challenges within the city and surrounding areas.
He says the city government will work with legislators of the targeted districts, Commissioners of WestPoint, Congo Town and Garwula Townships, including community leaders to implement the project.
He calls on residents of Monrovia to own the project and work collectively with the city government to ensure a clean Monrovia.
Montserrado County District #7 Representative Solomon George, who attended the launch, embraces the idea, but warns the only sincerity especially, from MCC field workers, CBEs and SMEs as well as community leaders could help foster this initiative.
He further calls on inhabitants of Monrovia to work collectively with the MCC to ensure that the initiative is sustained with consistency and accuracy.
Several township commissioners and community leaders, who attended the program, also endorse the initiative and pledge their unwavering support.
By Lewis S. Teh –Editing by Jonathan Browne