Bo District Council prioritises clearing of waterways to avert disaster


February 25, 2019

By Joseph S. Margai

Marian J. Tucker hopes clearing of waterways will subsequently avert flooding in Bo district

Environmental and Social Officer, Bo District Council, Marian J. Tucker, has disclosed to Concord Times that her institution has prioritised the clearing of waterways in disaster prone areas in a bid to avert such ugly incident.

She made the above disclosure in an interview last Wednesday (20th February, 2019) in her Bo District Council Office, where she said as the raining season approaches, there was need to properly clear all the waterways so as to allow the free flow of water and subsequently avert flooding in the district.

She said Bo District Council was very pleased with the declaration of a national cleaning day by President Julius Maada Bio, which she said has actually spurred up compliance among the people of Bo district.

“To prove that this government is serious about national cleaning, we received funds for third and fourth quarters of 2018 which we are now using to develop proposal for activities to be carried out in the area of solid waste management. We have heard that funds for first quarter of 2019 are underway in March,” she disclosed.

She said their proposal of activities include procurement of tricycles to youth groups, environmental safety precautions, follow-up on cleaning exercises, monitoring solid wastes activities by youth groups, sensitisation and awareness raising, among others.

The environmental and social officer said they normally give incentives to youth groups through their councillors to clean their communities, coordinating with partners to support national cleaning, and hire trucks and also give out fuel to transport and deposit wastes.

“We also do premises inspection so as to urge the inhabitants to clean their premises, and some people are really complying despite having some of them that are normally roaming about without doing anything on national cleaning days,” she stated.

She said the council also allocate monies for the procurement of tools for three months to clean various communities, which he said were not enough, saying that they needed more tools as the district is very big.

She disclosed that they have a dumpsite at Mile 5, which is also used by Bo City Council to dump waste.

He urged the need for them to have skip containers which would be placed at transit points where people will temporary dump their waste, while the trucks will subsequently transport and deposit them at Mile 5.

“Our biggest challenge now is that landowners are shying away from allocating small portions of their lands to us for the placement of skips containers. But council is trying to persuade them to do so in order to always have a decent and healthy environment for all,” she said.

She said in a bid to improve on the compliance rate of solid wastes management, her council is working closely with chiefdom authorities to develop bye-laws and defaulters would be taken to local court.