The City Mayor of Kakata, Margibi County, Eddie Z. Murphy, has disclosed that the City needs US$1 million annually to have its city cleaned and place into its perfect perspective.
“Based on our economic status, a million United States dollars annually can make this city clean and put all the systems into place. This will enable the city corporation to have a waste sector, sanitation sector, among others, and build the capacity of workers,” Mayor Murphy explained.
Making the disclosure yesterday to newsmen at his office in Kakata, Mr. Murphy said there has been major progress in the cleaning of the city with the cooperation of the people within the various communities, homes and the business sector as well.
“Our people are now seeing the cleaning of the city as key to good health and with the emphasis being made to them about the intention of the city’s authorities to ensure that we keep the city clean. We have also designed a lot of strategies to help in cleaning the city, while we take 16 tons of waste from the street every day,” Mayor Murphy explained.
He further disclosed that NC-Sanitors and Services, a waste management company, has been performing excellently in ensuring that Kakata City is cleaned and hailed the company for the level of progress made since moving to Kakata to support the city corporation’s efforts.
“This company is also employing young people within their various communities, which provide job opportunity but help clean the community as well. Managing waste is expensive but with such initiative and effort, Kakata will have a facelift with young people being employed,” Mayor Murphy said.
He noted that the coming of the new sanitation regime remains helpful in maintaining and giving the city a facelift. The process, according to him, is being cemented by the community dwellers and other business people through cooperation and proper maintenance.
“Since the coming of the group, before 6am, people wakeup in the morning and see the streets, business areas and some homes cleaned. They are also operating now in seven communities with a plan in two months to extend the campaign to other communities,” Mayor Murphy explained.
He continued, “The communities include Vai Town-one and two; Mandingo Quarter; Cassava Market; and Sugar Hill, among others. We have started deploying garbage materials within these communities – close to 30 of them. The various communities will deposit their waste and will pay 250 Liberian dollars at the end of a month.”
Mayor Murphy said the community dwellers have also embraced the idea of deploying these garbage materials to ensure that the city is cleaned. They are also playing their respective roles of monitoring each other as part of their commitment to the city corporation.
Also highlighting some of the progress made, Mayor Murphy said they have completed negotiations of a land, which will be used for disposing of the waste from the various communities and negotiations for a truck has already been finalized and waiting to be turned over.