On The Garbage Hills
As the Freetown City Council (FCC) continues to be bogged down in the morass of waste management, the garbage hills keep mounting in our capital city, Freetown. Even the blindest man can see the range of garbage hills that keep blemishing the topography of many parts of our city, especially the business-concentrated areas.
Few days ago, I was on board a rickety commercial vehicle, locally called poda poda, when I beheld a garbage hill right in the middle of a market in the east of Freetown. What nauseated me more was the nightmarish sight of market women sitting on the garbage hill and selling food for public consumption. It was then I realized why the dreaded killer disease, Cholera, keeps paying sporadic visits to especially our capital city, carrying scores of citizens to their untimely graves.
Successive governments have been pumping millions of Leones into the waste management sector to keep clean our capital city and other cities in this nation. However, our capital city continues to be producing more piles of garbage while other cities remain clean. The Freetown City Council, especially, must try to let us know the problems encumbering the disappearance of the garbage hills. I am quite aware of the fact that garbage management is the responsibility of almost everybody, so, the FCC alone should not bear the blame for the notoriously filthy state of our city. It goes without saying that garbage is being generated by almost every living organism, but the fact remains the FCC bears the greatest responsibility for the proliferation of garbage hills in our capital city simply because it is the main institution charged with the responsibility of keeping our city clean. The FCC collects huge sum of money as taxes almost every blessed day and it is through this council that government channels funds for waste management in the capital city. So, FCC must remove the garbage hills now; they are more hazardous and tormenting than the petty traders.
By Joseph Milton Lebbie
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