With an unending solution in sight in practically addressing the sanitation challenges of Monrovia, several rural settlements’ sanitation problems continue to worsen.In most of Monrovia’s suburbs in recent times, stink garbage continues to swallow the drainages and other designated dumpsites.Visibly at the Duala General Market on the Bushrod Island, volumes of stink garbage was observed spreading beyond the dumpsites established by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).On top of that garbage bins posted at the various authorized dumpsites by the Municipal Governments of Monrovia and Paynesville are piles of new dirt.Many Liberians and private business owners have attributed the sanitation challenges of Monrovia and Paynesville cities to poor planning, coordination, execution, implementation and collection.Some urban planners who spoke to the Daily Observer Monday pointed out that, majority of the drainages in Monrovia and its environs have outlived their usefulness.The urban planners also intimated that the extensive depreciation of the decades- old drainages in several parts of Monrovia continue to contribute to the perennial flooding.Correspondingly, until urban planners and municipal governments of Monrovia can come to the realization that the sanitation challenges of Monrovia must be tackled at all fronts, things will get worse.Primarily, support partners and central government must begin to design new and practical strategies about the unending sanitation crisis in Monrovia and its environs.Principally, support partners, stakeholders, municipal governments, business entities and residents must be active partakers in the overall cleaning of Monrovia and its immediate environs.Understandably, too much funds have been invested into the Urban Waste management Projects (UWMP) by major donors such as the World Bank and environmental institutions that have had no significant impact on the Liberian environmental and sanitation crisis.Besides, some concerned environmental groups are also blaming public institutions established by statutes to shoulder the responsibility for the sanitation challenges and stressful Liberian environment.The environmental groups have stressed the urgent need for those institutions to be made to shoulder their statutory responsibilities and collaborate with support partners to practically address the huge sanitation challenges of Monrovia and its environs.Sadly, the onslaught by the deadly Ebola virus in the country has compounded the grave sanitation challenges in Monrovia and its environs.During an hour-long tour of poor sanitation-prone communities, it was observed that authorized dumpsites were established by sanitation companies that continue to get fabulous contracts from the World Bank for the Urban Waste Management Projects.Businesspeople and pharmacy operators at the Duala General Market expressed grave concern about the unsanitary conditions of the business center.With the Dry Season is at the door steps of Monrovia residents and business entities, the offensive and unpleasant odors from the volumes of stink garbage are some of expected to worsen.“We are discouraged to the extent that we are operating at a serious loss as customers’ attendance for the past few months has diminished,” businessman Thomas Kollie Ballah lamented.Besides, Mr. Kollie explained that due to the poor planning and execution of dirt collection and disposal by sanitation companies and partners, sanitation challenges remain serious environmental problems in Monrovia.Businessman Kollie pointed out that owing to the huge Ebola virus spread, worsened by fear, small businesses are encountering serious socio-economic constraints and plenty of challenges in obtaining the kind of goods and services.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But Republican leaders refused to allow a vote on a volatile proposal to deny citizenship to babies born in the United States to illegal immigrants. And they put off consideration of a guest worker program advocated by President Bush as a lasting solution to the illegal immigrant problem. Californians frustrated with levels of illegal immigration – an estimated 3 million undocumented people live in the state – called the bill a small and much-needed step in immigration reform. ‘People are just flying in here. There’s too many people and they’re not assimilating. There’s crime, there’s big-time racial tensions in our schools, and I also see the blame and wrath is being directed at the immigrants themselves. It should be directed at our government and Mexico’s government,’ said Bill Clausen, a security guard from Buellton. Democrats and immigration advocates blasted the bill as a sham that neither rids the country of illegal immigrants nor give them an opportunity to obtain legal status. Many also said they fear a sweeping provision that applies criminal penalties to anyone who assists an illegal immigrant. The debate over border protection raged late Friday as Congress struggled over far-reaching legislation aimed at stemming illegal immigration and rooting out undocumented workers from the workplace. The House legislation authorizes construction of a fence along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border and makes employers responsible for knowing the immigration status of their workers. Anyone who hires an illegal immigrant could be fined $25,000 per worker. It also creates a new class of criminality for 11 million illegal immigrants, making the absence of documents a felony rather than simply a civil offense. And it encourages state and local police agencies to enforce immigration laws, ends the ‘catch and release’ policy for illegal non-Mexicans and imposes tougher penalties for smuggling and illegal re-entry. ‘Many of our families are mixed families where we may have an undocumented members,’ said Eun Sook Lee, director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium in Los Angeles, raising the specter of men and women facing arrest for protecting family members. She and others said the bill also could apply to social agencies or even churches that provide job training and other services and don’t ask questions about legal status. ‘We could be charged with breaking the law because we serve people who are undocumented,’ said Angela Sanbrano, who runs the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles. She also criticized the criminalization of illegal immigrants as misdemeanor offenders as a ‘witch hunt.’ ‘People will see that it’s a mean-spirited effort to try to keep immigrants from coming into this country and getting the ones that are here to leave. I think it’s going to alienate the voters from the Republican Party,’ she said. GOP leaders refused to hear an amendment backed by Rep. Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar, to deny U.S. citizenship to children born in America to illegal immigrants, as well as other Miller amendments prohibiting pregnant women from entering the U.S. and ensuring that anyone seeking mortgage credit be a citizen or legal resident. The Rules Committee, led by Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, also blocked an amendment by Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood that would have authorized $1 billion to reimburse local governments the costs incarcerating illegal aliens. Despite the lengthy debate, the bill is expected to be approved by the House. It then would move to the Senate, where its future is less certain. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has vowed to take it up early next year, and whatever emerges there is likely to include some type of program granting illegal immigrants the opportunity to obtain legal status. House opponents to illegal immigration have vowed to oppose the bill and undermine Republicans on other issues if, when the two bodies negotiate differences, the final version includes a guest worker program. ‘I’m very skeptical that you will ever see this bill coming back here,’ Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys said. ‘There are major obstacles to getting it beyond this point,’ Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., who favored an even stiffer bill, acknowledged. But, he said, ‘That’s a fight to fight tomorrow.’ firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!