Authorities of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) yesterday turned over three brand new TVS five star motorbikes it has purchased at the cost of US$10,000 to three Community Based Enterprises (CBEs) in Monrovia and its environs.
The motorbikes were turned over to the Swaray and Dunbar in St, Paul Bridge, the Alpha Sanitation in the slum community of West point and the United Group located in Sinkor Old Road.
“Authorities of those three sanitation groups that the bikes have been assigned to are expected to use their bikes to collect plastics from the streets and in their respective neighborhoods, and school campuses. They are not, however, intended for garbage collection,” Abraham B.Y. Jusu Garneo, MCC’s Director-General of Service programs told the beneficiaries as he presented the bikes to each of them.
The tough looking Chinese made auto 200cc bikes are neatly inscribed with ‘Operation Attack Plastic’.
MCC bought the bikes to complement the plastics collection exercise that was launched last year, under the code name, “Operation Attack Plastics.”
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf launched “Operation Attack Plastics” which brought together 13 schools from the Monrovia Consolidated School System that participated in picking up used and unwanted plastic materials in the streets and communities within the municipality of Monrovia.
The involvement of the students, MCC said, was intended to bring about competition among the participating schools, following which trophies in first, second and third categories were presented to the winners.
The MCC provided hygienic and sanitary materials including gloves, boots, and helmets to be used by the students to protect them while carrying out the plastic collection.
In remarks following the presentation, Caine Prince Andrews, MCC’s Director-General for Internal Operations, underscored the importance of “Operation Attack Plastics,” noting that the bikes are part of the sustainability of the project.
Madam Mai Dunbar, Swaray and Dunbar Sanitation General Manager, on behalf of her colleagues, expressed appreciation to the MCC, and promised to maintain the bikes and use them for the purpose the MCC has intended.