Vice President Joseph Boakai has called on Liberian youth to work closely with authorities of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) to make the capital city a clean and protected environment for all.
The Vice President’s advice to the youth was contained in a statement he delivered on Friday, January 30, at a program in honor of students who participated in “Operation Attack Plastic” last year to give Monrovia a facelift.
VP Boakai certificated 14 schools for meaningful involvement in the exercise that brought together schools under the Monrovia Consolidated School System.
The program was organized by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) in collaboration with UNICEF and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and was intended to encourage students to get a little cash benefit for collecting used plastics from their respective communities in and around Monrovia.
The Vice President said if young people are involved in keeping their country clean it will promote the safety, health and general wellbeing of their own communities.
“We are aware of plastic bags, plastic coatings, plastic furniture, plastic sheets and many items that are made of plastic that are mostly uncontrollably dumped onto the streets. But the challenge is how to redevelop the used plastics by means of recycling, which makes it imperative for us to encourage the Operation Plastic Attack launched by the MCC” said V.P. Boakai.
According to him, experts have shown that plastics are generally non-biodegradable and as such, they may last up to 1,000 years.
Vice President Boakai said that plastics are hazardous to the soil and water, which in effect trickles down to plants, animals and human beings.
For her part, MCC Mayor, Madam Clara Doe Mvogo, expressed gratitude to the students for participating in the exercise. Madam Mvogo said the 14 schools that participated demonstrated their love for country by ensuring that the city remains clean and healthy for all.
She said the used plastics collected from the streets by the students have already been turned over for recycling to a plastic goods manufacturing company, which in return, compensated the students through the MCC.