Member of Parliament for Constituency 129, Hon. Saidu Conteh, condemned the bad habit of some residents who continue to use drainages and roadsides as dumping sites. He said to dump garbage in drainages or roadsides is a criminal offense. He noted that even before he was elected Councilor the issue of proper dumping site for the entire constituency was a huge challenge and as population increased and more housing are illegally constructed up the hills, the more the problem of waste disposal remains a challenge. According to some residents along Old Railway Line, Tengbeh Town, the only dumpsite that was available and manned by the FCC has been temporarily fenced by a Church mission, claiming legal custody of the land. As a result of this action, most residents up the hills now use the running canal and other prohibited corners to dispose of solid waste. Councilor Kalokoh of Ward 439 explained he has held community meetings on the dangers of illegal waste disposal, but people continue to defy the rules of proper waste disposal. “I believe council should start giving stiffer penalties to defaulters, by paying fines and also serving community sentences”, he added.
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“Council cannot be everywhere at the same time, this was why the administration encouraged young people to form themselves into groups in their localities to support council in waste disposal with a minimal fee which many find it difficult to adhere to”. A member of the Beckley family at Tengbeh Town was also concerned over the attitude of people involved in garbage disposal business and are not properly capacitated thus contribute to make the situation worse by using junctions of roadsides as temporal dumpsites, which is very unhealthy, unsightly and embarrassing. Hon. Conteh appealed and encouraged residents of Constituency 129 to desist from using illegal areas in their different ward localities as dump sites, including the two bridges along the main road of the community. He called on the FCC to increase the movement of the skip trucks, which will help reduce the piles of garbage deposited illegally around the municipality.
By Ade Campbell
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