The Monrovia City Corporation or MCC has begun placing dozens of liter being buckets at various street intersections in Monrovia for garbage collection as part of efforts by the city government to keep the Liberian capital clean.
The exercise is intended to avoid pedestrians and other members of the public from throwing dirt in streets and at public places.
Speaking Thursday, 9 July at the start of the launch, the Director General for Service Programs at the MCC, Abraham B.Y. Garneo, said the buckets would help to contain wastes drop at street corners by the public.
Director Garneo said the Monrovia City Corporation has a mandate to make sure the city and its environs are clean throughout the week in order to have a better and healthy living environment for everyone.
“We want every corner of this country to be clean, but with the distribution of buckets we strongly believe our people will adhere to the measure by making sure that they dump their waste into the being for the cleanliness of our country”, he said.
He said the 25 liter being buckets distributed is phase one of the exercise and phase two will target Bushrod Island and other public places most considered as waste center.
The MCC Director General said the basic aim of the distribution is to reduce waste in the city, adding, “We are doing everything to make sure that the dirt don’t reach the city; it’s based upon that we have our community base enterprises that are going from door to door collecting waste from various residents”, he added.
Meanwhile, Director Garneo has frown at critics, who say the current MCC leadership is not doing enough to clean up the streets, and are hailing former City Mayor Mary T. Broh, for her excellent work at the city corporation.
Madam Broh is currently Director General of the General Services Agency or GSA, responsibility to procure and maintain government assets.
Garneo said the current Major of Monrovia, Clara D. Mvogo, is doing everything in her powers in making sure sweepers are in the streets, doing their work, while supervisors are ensuring things are in proper condition.
Garneo said the MCC alone cannot do everything; Monrovia residents would have to buttress the city government’s efforts.
“But just by talking will not be the solution; it only undermines the effort of work done by the management.”
He said the liter being buckets will be placed at various street intersections, including Broad Street, Gurley Street, Benson Street and Carey Street, among other public areas considered as hot spot for wastes. By Lewis S. Teh – Editing by Jonathan Browne