To fast-track the collection of wastes across Monrovia, the World Bank has presented three yellow garbage collecting machines to authorities of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) respectively.
The two corporations are expected to use the machines to improve access to solid waste collection and disposal in their respective cities.
The donation ceremony was held at MCC’s central office in Sinkor on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
Tolbert A. Kerkula, project coordinator of Cheesemanburg Landfill and Urban Sanitation (CLUS), said the machines were purchased by European Union (EU) with funding from Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF) project, which is implemented by the World Bank.
Kerkula puts the value of the machines as well as other pieces of equipment expected in the country any time soon at US$2 million. The MCC received two of the machines while PCC received one.
Esther Rojas-Garcia, Operations officer and Officer-in Charge of World Bank, expressed gratitude for participating in the handover ceremony of essential equipment to support solid waste management in Monrovia and Paynesville respectively.
Madam Garcia spoke on behalf of World Bank Country Director Larisa Leshchenko. She said Monrovia, as any other African city, is being challenged by uncollected wastes that resulted from growth in population.
She said the World Bank and its LRTF partners have supported the solid waste management sector in Liberia since the Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation (EMUS) project with over US$30 million in investment to build the fundamentals of waste management after the country’s 14-year civil war (1989-2003).
“This partnership has been pursued with the CLUS project approved in June 2017 with a US$10.5 million grant from the LRTF, with funds from the EU, to continue supporting the sector through infrastructure, equipment, capacity-building and proper planning,” Madam Garcia said.
She said the equipment was part of more equipment valued over US$2 million to support the waste management capacity in Monrovia.
“Three pickup trucks were delivered in July this year, and more equipment will be presented in the coming months. I urged the MCC and PCC to make a good use of the equipment and to properly maintain them,” she said.
Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee, who received the donation, lauded the World Bank for the timely intervention.
Mayor Koijee recognized the World Bank as MCC’s strongest partner to the Weah-led Administration, evidenced by its continuous financial and logistical support to the Pro-poor Agenda.
Paynesville City Mayor Pam B. Taylor also lauded the Bank for the donation, promising to properly maintain the equipment.
Mayor Taylor said this was the first heavy equipment to be donated to the PCC, and therefore called on the World Bank to continue the support, to ensure Paynesville becomes a clean city.
“We have appealed for such support, because Paynesville is the biggest City in Liberia, and so it deserves government and partners’ support to keep it clean at all times,” Mayor Taylor said.