By Paul G. Rancy, Southeastern Regional Supervisor
ZWEDRU, Feb. 3 (LINA) – Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH) formerly known as German Agro Actions has disclosed plans to aid in solid waste management in Zwedru, the capital city of Grand Gedeh County.
Speaking at a special meeting with the Grand Gedeh County administration at the administration building during the week, WHH outgoing Country Director, Johan Van der Kamp, disclosed that funds have been secured by WHH from the German Government for waste management in Zwedru and Fishtown in River Gee County.
According to Johan, the project is a two-year exercise with the first phase as pilot phase.
The pilot phase will indicate that with good intentions, goodwill and determination, it is possible to clean up the cities and come to a sustainable way of how to deal with waste in the future.
He emphasized that the pilot phase will basically focus on how to make the dump sites sustainable, and how to collect waste in the cities, especially in concentration areas such as markets and populated communities.
He said there will be servers installed to collect waste from identified dump sites and move them to official dump sites outside the cities.
And to do that, according to Johan, the sites must meet all standards, qualifications and specifications needed to comply with of environmental requirements.
Making more disclosures, the outgoing WHH Country Director mentioned that a private NGO, named Project New Outlook (PNO) has been contracted to implement the project in the two counties.
He pointed out that there will be containers where people will drop wastes, and the containers will be collected and transported to the official dumpsites.
The WHH official called on the city councils of the two areas to provide the necessary cooperation and support to PNO in ensuring the projects become a success.
Making remarks at the meeting, Madam Beatrice Tokpa Wuo , Executive Director of PNO lauded WHH for their continuous support to the people of Liberia.
She indicated that cleaning up Zwedru and Fishtown is a huge responsibility and therefore called on all Liberian-owned Community-Based Organizations to join her in the process where their services are required.
« I am so excited because this will prove that Liberia is getting on par with global standards », Madam Wuo said.
For her part and on behalf of the county local authorities in Grand Gedeh County, Zwedru City Mayor Mrs. Cecelia Harris Jolo lauded WHH and partners for coming to the city’s aid.
According Madam Jolo, keeping Zwedru City clean has been her long time wish and desire.
Mayor Jolo explained that when the project was discussed with her some months ago, she was moved and hoped it would become successful in the shortest possible time.
The Zwedru City Mayor promised to work with PNO and all partners in ensuring that the project becomes “a great success.”
« My doors are open to you every day, » she assured the partners.