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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)
…urges Govt to re-establish Labour MinistryGeneral Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis, in delivering another candid address at this year’s May Day Rally held at the National Park on Monday, urged Government to re-establish the Labour Ministry and restore collective bargaining in its entirety.President of GTUC, Coretta McDonaldLewis said that ministry is important for shaping and executing labour policies that affect all Guyanese workers — past, present and potential.The veteran trade unionist also called on President David Granger to restore collective bargaining in the public sector, and return the agency shop to public service unions.General Secretary of GTUC, Lincoln Lewis“Our unified voices are today raised, calling for these changes to be manifest…Trust that these requests today will not be a challenge for the President, given his stated commitment…,” Lewis remarked.Making reference to the outstanding matters between the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) and the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union, the GTUC official urged the Government to take strident action to have both parties come to an amicable resolution.“This is the longest running struggle where foreign force is being allowed to threaten the nation’s sovereignty when the laws so protect its citizens,” he lamented.While acknowledging that the trade union movement does not exist in isolation but functions in an environment of politicians, Lewis said the movement must, at no time, be easily influenced by these individuals. He said, “We must, to a great extent, resist some of the negative influences that do not serve our best interest, and which seek to undermine the strength of the union and our ability to organize as a force for change.”Safeguard achievementsIn demonstrating his resolve to continue speaking the truth, Lewis accused politicians from both sides of the divide of trying to advance the positions of labour only when they are in opposition; and then turn their backs on labour and go to great lengths in efforts to destroy the strength and organising capabilities of labour when in government.“Those who find us as not relevant today are the same ones that would have found us relevant yesteryear; and the cycle continues as political seasons change,” he added.Speaking on the issue of unity, the GTUC General Secretary said the trade union movement must be constant in its purpose, even as he urged union leaders to pursue unity regardless of who is in or out of power.“We want unity when it comes to respecting our rights, the pursuit of good governance, the good of the trade union principles as against the good of the politicians; and we must remember the political good is not necessarily the trade union good,” he added.Lewis urged workers to follow in the footsteps of those who have led the way for the establishment of trade union movements in Guyana, the Caribbean and around the world. He said unionists must not be timid in their commitment, but must stand up for their rights as Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow had done.“History has proven (that) management/employer does not give you anything willingly, and this entails whether it is government or private sector; we have to fight for it,” he opined.The trade union veteran also called on workers to remain constant in the recognition that theirs is a right to struggle, and to demand and ensure that all their achievements are safeguarded.“We, the workers, must remain constant, regardless of who is in or out of power. We have to keep our voices united and resolutely on course. We have to keep our eyes on the prize. The politicians don’t grant us any favours. You elected them and they are entrusted with the responsibility to work for all, not only the elites at the top,” he ended.Meanwhile, Coretta McDonald, who delivered her maiden speech as president of the GTUC, focused her address on the need for greater unity within the trade union movement; the need for labour unions to strengthen the base of that movement; and the need to continue to look out for workers’ interests.McDonald said, “Too many times we push workers under the bus…and union business is no secret to members”. She also said she is “tired of the divide that politicians seek to create between us.”Active engagementAddressing the gathering on Monday also, president of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, said conditions today call for the active engagement of workers in trade union activities.Chand expressed concerns over the nation’s economic fortunes and the growing recognition that the economy is in a tailspin. He said official statistics indicate that nearly all of our productive sectors are seeing declining performances, and foreign exchange inflows are falling.“In such situations, the working people and their families are the hardest hit victims. They experience, nowadays, increases often times steeped in the cost-of-living. There is the shuttering of businesses or the reduction of business activity, which have brought on retrenchments,” he remarked.Addressing the state of the sugar industry, the GAWU leader said the challenges the industry faces are not insurmountable, and sugar’s success will redound to the benefit of the local economy. He deemed it heartening that officials of the Government have given assurances that the industry will not die, but he said the plans in place for the industry indicate the total opposite.This May Day Rally and March was attended by several important figures, including former President, Donald Ramotar; former President and Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds; former Mayor of Georgetown, Hamilton Green; ministers of Government, and past and present trade union leaders.