A three-day solid waste management learning exchange program which began in Monrovia on Monday, April 24 ended yesterday, April 27 at the Monrovia City Hall.
USAID’s Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) collaborated with Cities Alliance and the Monrovia City Corporation to host the seminar.
It brought together county authorities, including assistant superintendents for development and county inspectors as well as the city mayors of Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh counties, experts of waste management groups, and the media.
At the opening ceremony on Monday, April 24, Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo commended USAID LEGIT and Cities Alliance for their collaboration to host an educative forum that promotes solid waste management in the country.
She encouraged the participants to utilize the information from the exchange program to benefit their communities.
USAID LEGIT Acting Chief of Party George Tee Forpoh, who provided an overview of the project, said USAID LEGIT seeks to strengthen the government of Liberia’s policy on decentralization by promoting transparency, effectiveness, and accountability of resources.
Forpoh explained that the USAID LEGIT project has four components to work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Governance Commission to strengthen the government’s current decentralization program; to work with county governments to strengthen their capacity in local governance.
Another component, he said, is to strengthen city authorities in providing quality services for city residents; and work with civil society and community based organizations to ensure quality services are provided from city and county authorities through the utilization of social audit tools.
In opening remarks Stephen Neufville, Deputy Minister for Urban Affairs at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, called on the participants to utilize the knowledge from the program to implement waste management projects in their various cities.
Making reference to challenges faced by cities in the management of solid waste, he called on the participants to use information from the program to improve waste management in their cities.
The learning exchange program included presentations on policy framework and solid waste management systems in Liberia, and was presented by Frank A. Krah, a veteran solid waste management specialist.
Participants were shown examples of the communities’ solid waste collections. The program provided an understanding on how to manage solid waste in their communities, including service delivery as a major component of the work of local authorities to enhance the provision of services to consumers.
USAID LEGIT operates in three counties, including Bong County (Gbarnga City), Nimba County (Ganta City) and Grand Gedeh (Zwedru City).