Residents of Wein Town in Paynesville, outside Monrovia have complained of pollution due to waste being disposed in the community by three Waste Management companies hired by the Monrovia City Corporation.
Under a World Bank sponsored project, the MCC hired Zoom Lion, Genesis and NC Sanitors for the purpose of cleaning the City.
The residents said the community is facing what they termed a complete health hazard as bad odors from the waste are getting people, especially children sick.
According to them, flies and other sickness driven creatures like rats, cockroaches and worms as well as stink water rolling from the stockpiled of dirt are contaminating their food and water.
The residents said people usually suffer from diarrhea, cholera and chronic malaria which sometimes result to deaths.
The situation sparked a serious protest this week Tuesday by community residents with the blocking of the road leading there to stop waste trucks from entering.
\The Chairman of the Wein Town Community, Teran Sackie told the In Profile Daily that the MCC in collaboration with the World Bank and its implementing partners established the dump site without the consent of the community residents.
He described the establishment of the dump site without the consent of the community residents as gross disregard for their health and sanitation.
Mr. Sackie further complained that the Waste Management team did not build the dump site to international standard. He narrated that sometimes ago, a thick smoke from the dump site that lasted for almost one month caused tears to run from the eyes of community dwellers, leaving them with partial visibility problems".
At the same time, Mr. Sackie has disclosed that the Wein Town residents have sent a position statement to the Liberian Government indicating that certain conditions should be met before they can allow the further disposing of waste in the community.
He named some of the conditions as underwriting medical costs incurred by residents as of the establishment of the dump site in the community and the supply of safe drinking water to the community by the waste companies.
The Wein Town Community Chairman said the position statement also requested the Waste Management team to guarantee the residents good health for a period not less than twenty years followed by environmental impact assessment and construct a health center, among others.
Our reporter who visited the community had to cover his noise every where he passed due to pollution and uncontrollable flies.
In a related development, residents of Wein Town have complained of the constant burning of Narcotic substance by the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the community.
According to the residents, the burning of narcotic substance was causing them especially children to be dizzy and suffer other health problem.
When contacted, the MCC told this paper that the concerns are not new, but assured that the situation will be adequately addressed.
MCC Deputy Communication Director Moses Brown said the corporation was convening a meeting yesterday with the community residents and other relevant government institutions to resolve the matter.
Also, the Waste Management Officer of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Zinnah Mulbah said as per the Environmental Impact Assessment, the waste disposal site should be fenced, and if the MCC and its partners are to build a new cell they should seek advice from the EPA.
However, Mr. Mulbah said he advised the Wein Town residents to launch a formal complain to the EPA regarding the environmental condition of the community. He stated that the residents have agreed to do so.
Meanwhile, report reaching the In Profile Daily says President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the Wein Town dump site and decried the deplorable condition of the place.
According to the report, the President stressed that government will review the contract agreements of the three companies, Zoom Lion, Genesis and NC Sanitors hired to implement the Waste Management project.