Union of Liberian Associations of the Americas and Paynesville City Corporation Launch Solid Waste Management Project – FrontPageAfrica
Paynesville- In an effort to address the threat of improper waste disposal, the Union of Liberian Associations of the Americas (ULAA) and the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) have launched a solid waste management project in the city of Paynesville .
The project is funded by the Liberian Diaspora Initiative Fund (LDIF), which focuses on health, education, technology and entrepreneurship.
Speaking at the launch on Saturday, May 28, ULAA President Shiwoh Kamara said members of his institution have embarked on a journey that will have a significant impact on the growth and development of the country.
Mr. Kamara said the partnership with PCC is unique as ULAA does not have the capacity to implement projects in Liberia on its own.
The organization awarded a grant of US$2,664 for the implementation of the first phase of the project which targets drainages in Paynesville.
The second phase will last 12 months during which ULAA will sponsor five PCC tricycles by providing fuel for the tricycles and compensation for the workers on those tricycles.
“ULAA members are extremely excited to give back to their country of birth. They have embarked on a journey that will have a significant impact on Liberia’s growth and development,” Mr. Kamara said.
“ULAA would have sat down and criticized Paynesville or the government, but we want to get our hands dirty; working with our people to make our country better.
The ULAA President urged Liberians not to leave everything to the CCP or the government of Liberia, but to take personal responsibility by not dumping garbage down the drain or on the streets.
“If you put garbage in the sewers, it will affect you and you will have floods. We as a people must be able to clean up our own local communities. By doing this, our lives will be long, we will not get sick.
The ULAA President also called on well-meaning Liberians to join the effort by sponsoring meaningful projects that impact the lives of Liberians and the development of Liberia.
Also speaking, CCP Communications Director Jeremiah Diggen praised ULAA for the collaboration, calling it timely.
Diggen pointed out that maintaining a good solid waste management system is a challenge for municipal authorities across the country.
He noted that “Positive reviews are good for pushing individuals or institutions to a higher level. But, the usual criticism without any recommendation is dangerous. Unfortunately, this has taken hold of Liberian democracy.
He praised ULAA for making a move to change the narrative.
Meanwhile, Diggen stressed the need for people in the community to protect their environment by removing illegal acts that tend to cause erosion and flooding in communities.
He said he is optimistic that the communities selected to be part of the project will ensure that the environment is clean at all times.
The CCP’s communications director also warned Liberians to refrain from sending underprivileged youths to dispose of their waste; something he said causes more harm to the city.
Diggen added that the project starts from the central Red-Light at the Japanese expressway; formally the Somalia Drive.