MIA Official on Solid Waste Management

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Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Urban Affairs, Stephen Neufville, has cautioned about the dangers solid waste pose to the health and wellbeing of Liberians.
As such, Minister Neufville stressed the need for government to seriously pay keen attention to issues relative to the control and management of the waste in the country.
“The issue of solid waste is very dangerous to our health, therefore, Liberians must learn to take ownership by tackling and or treating waste issue to help prevent communities from being infected, “Minister Neufville urged.
He made the statements on Thursday at a one day National Solid Waste Management Policy Review forum in Monrovia.
The forum was organized by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) with the purpose to ensure that a consultative process is undertaken, and to solicit the views of the public on the document (Draft National Solid Waste Management Policy).
He said waste causes serious embarrassment to the growth of every community, and described it as “solid waste matter — a very serious, challenging sanitation problem in communities and the larger society.
He also called for collective efforts of all citizens to work with the MIA and MCC to successfully implement the draft National Solid Waste Management Policy Review in the interest and benefit of the country.
As of the draft policy document, he said it is intended to guide Liberians on how they manage and treat the issue of solid waste materials in various communities.
The document, he added is also intended to address other issues including the medical situation to guide Liberians in combating other economic challenging matters across the country.
Minister Neufville said citizens’ participation in such policy is very important, noting that it helps to bring together collective views of Liberians.
He said whatever is done with community orientation has an impact on the lives of the citizens.
In Liberia, according to him, people are experiencing high urban migration due to overcrowded population in various cities, which he noted, continues to cause setbacks to the living conditions of people in various cities, thereby creating the concern of how to deal with solid waste and other related unsanitary condition that would affect communities.
Monrovia City Mayor, Clara Doe Mvogo, called for government support to the MCC to properly control and maintain solid waste, adding that waste management is a major responsibility of governments to provide proper planning between the waste generators and service providers.
She said after five years of progressive change in Liberia’s waste management sector, following the preparation of a draft policy report in 2009, MCC continues its efforts to conclude the policy formulation process.
MCC, she said is also conducting an assessment of the solid waste management sector performance in three other cities including Gbarnga, Ganta and Buchanan to ensure a holistic approach in the policy formulation process and to enrich the sanitation analysis of the sector for inclusion in the final document.
She said the solid waste management policy shall therefore provide a broad framework for the implementation of national objectives and build synergies with existing policies and legal instruments governing issues of waste management in the country.
Mayor Mvogo used the occasion to thank the World Bank, UNDP, ILO and others for their technical support provided to improve the sector in the country.
The forum brought together Superintendents, City Mayors, and representatives of Civil Society Organizations among others.

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