Thirty five volunteers from Soniwein Community in central Monrovia are working with the Presidential Taskforce under General Services Agency (GSA) Director Mary Broh to clean the nearby gutter of sand, filth, feces and garbage.
Mr. Michael Johnson, chairman of the Soniwein Health & Sanitation Committee supervising the project, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the volunteers began working on March 21 to clear the gutter clogged with offensive debris thrown into it by community residents. The gutter runs from UN Drive to Lynch Street.
“We are progressing with the work to get the gutter cleaned before the rainy season starts. We are working with Madam Broh’s Presidential Taskforce. She has been very helpful and our volunteers are happy to work for their own community,” Johnson said.
The volunteers include men and women who are compensated and fed every afternoon since the exercise began.
The workers are provided with boots and other protective gear, shovels and wheelbarrows. They split up into two teams with some in the gutter digging and shoveling the dirt onto the bank, while others get the debris into wheelbarrows and transport it to another location.
Along with the drain cleaning, the residents, through the Presidential Taskforce, are provided awareness and advice against throwing waste and garbage into the gutter.
After the cleanup, a regular taskforce will be set up to manage the gutter and to ensure that the rule that no resident is allowed to dump dirt, feces and other materials into the gutter is enforced, explained Johnson.
He said it was agreed by the community that anyone caught in violation of the rule, will be fined L$3,500.
“We’re glad to work for our community,” Johnson said, “and we want to commend Madam Broh for the initiative.”
A representative of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) on site informed the Daily Observer that MCC “collects the waste matter removed from the gutter and carries it to a central point from where it is hauled by MCC trucks for final disposal.”