Written by A O Dualu
I can’t believe that the authority is just beginning to notice that the stench/garbage/piles of feces around Monrovia are “overpowering”, (Re: Daily Observer Article: Stench Overpowers Mary Broh, 11/25/2010).
This is nothing new, people. The inhabitants of Monrovia have long been overpowered by garbage and the lack of toilets for the last several years; in most cases, nothing has been done to address the issue.
I have done everything one citizen can do to remedy some of this problem to no avail. From speaking to or writing the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Joseph Boikai, Presidential Adviser Edward McCline, Min. Amara Konneh, Min. Olubanke-King Akerele, Min Lawrence Bropleh, Director Richard Tolbert, The Director at Liberian Water and Sewer Corporation, Liberian Health Ministry, City Mayors Madams Mary Broh (Madam Broh made an honest effort to introduce my toilets to the city) and Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah,The Grand Bassa County Caucus, Rivercess County Caucus, Bomi County Caucus, Sinoe County Caucus to going on the radio 2-3 times a week to get my message across. There is not a single person who was in Liberia from 2008, or had a radio could say they never heard about or saw these facilities. Moreover, I will even go as far as saying that the President of the Republic of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is aware of my facilities because she personally used them during the women’s colloquium at the SKD Sports complex and the launching of her NGO in Cape Mount County!
Furthermore, I went as far as trying to get our legislators to introduce a bill that requires builders to include toilets (sounds pretty common sense, but it’s not in Liberia. Over 60% of homes in Monrovia do not have a working toilet, outside or inside! The numbers are even higher for businesses, including restaurants) in their blue prints. They told me I knew plenty book. Read Dualu Group, Inc.: A Possible Solution to Liberia’s Sanitation Problems- http://www.liberianforum.com/Articles/Dualu-Group-Inc-A-Possible-Solution-to-Liberias-Sanitation-Woes.html
Over the last two years I have worked diligently, made 8 trips to Liberia, invested over US$150,000 of my own money, yet nobody seems to care about this pressing issue. What would it take? A headline that reads, “Poor Sanitation kills Thousands in Liberia”?
I hope this is not the case. My facilities remain on the ground in Liberia. I am ready to work with anybody who is eagerly ready to make an honest effort in addressing our sanitation problems. Remember, poor sanitation kills more Liberian children than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combine! Increased investment in this area could substantially improve our under-five mortality rate which currently stands at 235 for every 1000 birth, the fifth highest in the world, according to the latest UNICEF report. The time is now. Our kids’ lives depend on it!!
A O Dualu