The Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) decision to assume direct clearing of garbage of the streets of Monrovia seems to be bringing relief to some residents across the city.
Following a joint assessment done in July 2014 by Solid Waste, City Planning and Environmental Health departments that coincided with the (MCC) take over sanitation system from Caspian Holding Company, residents especially within Duala, Bushrod Island expressed appreciation over the efficiency of MCC.
Speaking to our reporter on Friday, a resident directly opposite the new dump site in Duala Market, MomohKonneh said, “Since these people placed the dirt bucket here, I have not seen them relent in disposing the wastes. They remove the dirt yesterday evening and they are here this morning; I am happy with the work that is going on.”
Speaking in the same manner, another resident within the vicinity, Marcus Musa disclosed that, “Really (MCC) can remove the dirt everyday but only that the dump site that they have brought here opposite the Mosque, in Duala was in Caldwell.”
Making comments, the head of the Liberia Marketing Association, Duala, Madam Hajah Sheriff acknowledged, “I’m aware of the dump site here in the area but (MCC) comes to remove it; the only thing is that the hole that the caterpillar is causing.”
For his part, the Director for Service/Program at the (MCC), Abraham Garneo, said, “As long as the residents can contain the wastes, it will show positive environmental results.”
He underscored his institution’s commitment to sanitation through a thrice daily schedule especially within the Duala community from 6:30 am -2:30 pm, and called on residents to clear the streets when it is time for the sweepers to work.
The corporate status of the City of Monrovia (MCC) as it is now was established by an Act of the National Legislature in 1973 creating the City Government. Since the crisis of 1989 to date, the population has increased to about 1.5 million though the city was originally built as the seat of the national government and to accommodate not more than 10,000 inhabitants.
Today, the City of Monrovia has been transformed from a predominately residential and administrative seat of Government to the major commercial and industrial city in the country, notwithstanding, the devastation of the 14-year civil war.
The Institution has developed sanitation initiatives such as the Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation (EMUS) while MCC is launching Fostering Innovative Hygiene Sanitation and (FISH) to increase access to sustainable and affordable sanitation among others.