By Washington Tumay Watson –firstname.lastname@example.org
MONROVIA-The continues dumping of garbage and open defecation in various communities in the municipality of Paynesville have caught the attention of authorities of the Paynesville City Corporation and is seeking partnership to address the situation.
In finding a solution to the problem, PCC and her partners, SHALOM with Support from WaterAid Liberia is conducted training for some citizens, teaching them about proper managing of garbage in their communities.
Speaking to this reporter following the one day Wessex Water Urban WAH Program Operation and Management Training for Community Based Enterprise, Project Management Committee and Community leaders, the Director for Community Development at the Paynesville City Corporation, Aloysius Chieh used the event to encourage the various communities leaders to take initiative by ensuring that their communities are clean and free from open defecation.
He said the PCC authority is soliciting the needed support from its international development partners to assist in providing the capacity for the community dwellers to have their community clean.
According to him, Authority at the PCC did inform the community leaders of the partnership with the international organization to provide the training in alleviating the challenges of waste management with in their respective communities.
He assured the community leaders of the PCC’s willingness the waste removal from the communities with a condition that after the removal they as community leaders and residents will take on the responsibility to manage their waste and toilet through an enterprise system.
Mr. Chieh disabused the mindset of the community residents for take their garbage from the community to dump it by the roadside.
He described such attitude by residents as unhealthy for their community and the society.
Mr. Chieh said each of the trucks that they at the PCC rent per day is three hundred and fifty united State Dollars(US350.00) including 50 gallons of fuel as well as the machine that cost five hundred United States dollars (US500.00) and 550 gallons of fuel to remove the garbage from the communities.
He said the City Corporation is spending immensely on removing the waste from the communities within the city.
Chieh disclosed that part of their vision to transform Paynesville City was the community engagement through the training with the community leaders on how to manage their waste including the community toilet that is constructed by their partners.
Also speaking was the Executive Director of SHALOM, Kunue Massally who outlined the objective of the training with the Community Based Enterprise who are to take ownership of the Tiger Worms Toilet Facility that was constructed by WaterAid Liberia through his organization.
According to Mr. Massally, the eight room tiger worms toilet was constructed under the Wessex project to give relief to inhabitants of the 72nd community.
He said such tiger worms toilet is a new innovation that have been try in lot of low income communities around the world.
Mr. Massally further said with the coming in of such toilet in, it will transform those area from using pit restroom that produce odor unlike the tiger worms toilet.
He furthered that the provision of the tiger worms toilet in the 72 community will pave the way for the certification of the community as open defecation free.