Monrovia’s Foul Drainage System Sparks Public Outcry

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With the Dry Season in full swing, Monrovia’s smelly drainages continue to fuel public outcry.

In a tour of several affected communities in Central Monrovia Monday, drainages were seen clogged with wastes.

Areas in Central Monrovia overwhelmed by the drainage problem include Center, Lynch, Gurley, Clay, and UN Drive at the Rally Time Market.

Residents and business entities situated in those communities have on many occasions complained about the stench odor coming out of those drainages.

Regrettably, children and elderly of the affected communities have insect bites due to the odor and bacteria infested water from the drainages. Business entities also find their everyday activities stifled as a result of poor maintenance of the drains.

One of the many causes of this sanitation issue is companies operating in parts of Monrovia who continue to dispose of waste without considering the environmental hazards being encountered by communities.

In some encounters with the Daily Observer, residents of the affected areas called on the Liberian Government’s line ministries and agencies to engage the companies involved in the wanton disposal of industrial wastes.

“Every day we are forced to breathe the most decomposed air on United Nations Drive. There seem to be no solutions to remedy the ugly conditions of the clogged drainages,” Resident Martha B. Harris lamented.

“Let the Liberian Government and support partners move now in order to avoid a health disaster from the spread of more water and air borne diseases in this crowded Rally Time Market area,” Madam Harris pleaded.

A seller of used clothes at the Rally Time Market, Mr. Morton Andrews, noted that in decades past Liberians treated the cleanliness of the clogged drainages with seriousness and prioritized the sanitation of Monrovia.

“Get all the affected communities’ residents, business entity owners and support partners involved in the overall cleaning and maintenance of drainages in Monrovia like they used to be,” Mr. Andrew concluded.

When contacted for comments on the clogged drainages, officials of the communications and public relations department of the Ministry of Public Works said they have adopted a new policy for the release of public information.

The MPW Public Relations’ officials explained that only the Minister has the authority to release public information to the media, stating communication must be submitted to the Minister’s office for approval.

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