Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Trash is Greatest Public Health Threat in Monrovia

The UN Environment Programme has called on the government and private sector to repair the country's broken system for collecting trash.
The message is important, but oh the irony in the UN Mission, with its budget of 9 times the size of the government budget, calling on the government to do something about it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well said. A donation of some garbage trucks could help solve some of the problems related to garbage collection and disposal.

There are just too many demands on the country's scarce resources. Very often many of these comments/suggestions/recommendations are made without any consideration of resources available to the government. We have heard these and many other suggestions:

Hire more judges,
build more schools,
hire more doctors,
deploy more police officers,
repair roads,
build prisons that meet acceptable standards,
increase salaries of government workers to attract competent individuals, etc.

All of these are lofty suggestions. But the question is with what? Where is the money going to come from?

Most aid money coming to the country goes through local and international aid agencies. How about asking them to dedicate some of the money to what is obviously a problem?

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberian journalists should ask to visit the UN motorpool at Starbase. When I was a UN Peacekeeper assigned to the UN HQ at Starbase on Bushrod Island, the motorpool floor..which was nothing but soil...was literally soaked with oil. It appeared there was no means to safely dispose of automobile fluids.

8:06 PM  

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