Mayor Koijee Declares Waste A ‘Potential National Security Threat’

Monrovia City Mayor says improper waste disposal is ‘a national security threat’ requiring a set of holistic approaches anchored on firm community engagement.

Mayor Jefferson Koijee referenced the rapid spread of the 2014 outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus which, he noted, can be traced to the fundamental challenge of waste management in Monrovia and other areas.

He pointed out that no other time is better than now for stakeholders in communities, and the environment and waste management sectors to develop and derive a sustainable plan to address the menace.

According to Mayor Koijee, the citizens of Monrovia and surrounding areas must dialogue to arrive at a lasting solution by which all can proudly boast of their capital city.

He vowed that the City government will not hesitate to implement or enforce the outcome of the stakeholders dialogue which seeks to promote a healthy, clean and green environment.

According to a release, the Mayor spoke at the weekend when the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) formally opened a two-day Waste Management Conference in the theatre of the Monrovia City Hall.

Held under the theme: “Building Synergy and Partnership for a Sustainable Approach Toward Solid Waste Management,” the two-day conference gathered stakeholders who will develop plans that can serve as a long-term solution to solid waste management.

The conference also brought together stakeholders, including donors within the waste management sector, who are rallying the needed expertise, logistics and resources to help the MCC address solid waste disposal.

The Commissioner for Environment of Lagos, Nigeria, Dr. Babatunde Adejare told participants at the start of the conference Friday that “the fight against waste must be intensified not just in Liberia, but across Africa.”

“This will serve as a beginning of promoting a safe, clean, green and united Africa,” Dr. Adejare told the gathering.

He lauded the MCC through Mayor Koijee for steps taken to solve improper waste disposal which, according to him, has become “a national embarrassment to the rest of Africa.”

Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy, for her part, cautioned communities to lead the campaign against garbage, stressing that improper waste disposal cannot be fought without citizens’ participation.

She pledged Montserrado County’s continuous support to working with her cities and townships to ensure cleanliness.

The Monrovia City Corporation has repeatedly noted that problem of solid waste/garbage management if not handled with care could soon become a key national issue.

The MCC wants commitment of all community dwellers as it anticipates to make Monrovia one of the cleanest cities in Africa, in line with acceptable environmental practices and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Meanwhile, the stakeholders conference will involve a review and update of current solid waste disposal mechanisms as well as brainstorm on best practices and effective strategies for the sanitary wellbeing of Monrovia and its people.

Stakeholders and institutions invited to participate in the two-day conference will also share their entities’ works, programs and support to solid waste management within the city limits of Monrovia.

Promoting a clean, green and safe city in Monrovia is key to the CDC government’s Pro-Poor Agenda and an utmost commitment of the Monrovia City Government under the leadership of Mayor Koijee, the release said.

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