A solid waste company, N.C Sanitors, which is under the supervision of the Monrovia City Corporation may likely be dragged to court if its management fails to control a reported gas pollution along the Somalia Drive and the Stockton Creek in Gardnersville.
N.C. Sanitors which has its transfer site along the Somalia Drive after the Stockton Creek Bridge, in recent times has been accused by community leaders of infesting their communities with air-bone diseases.
Speaking to the In Profile Daily recently, the head of the community and Chairman of the Stockton Creek Community Association (SCCA), Rev. Amos Payne, said the outbreak of strange diseases in the communities is emanating from bad odors snubbing from a stockpiled of garbage stagnated in the fence of N.C. Sanitors on the main road after the bridge.
Rev. payne said on several occasions the communities have approached the Management of N.C Sanitors on the issue, but claimed that the company continues to refer them to the Monrovia City Corporation, while at the same time MCC said it has nothing to do with N.C. Sanitors.
He said he will launch a persistent campaign to ensure that the solid waste company provides some fumigation to stop the reeking odors which he alleged have affected children and adults along those communities.
Rev. Payne also said since Montserrado County lawmakers paid a visit to the company and approached them on the air-pollution, nothing has been done while the condition continues to affect the environment with “bad diseases”.
N.C. Sanitors Field Officer Jaffa Marinba told our reporter that they don’t control the gas-pollution that spreads bad scents in the communities, but they control insects that carry bad diseases in the communities.
Mr. Marinba noted that every two days the company fumigates the garbage and kills all flying insects, therefore it is impossible for the communities to accuse the company of infesting the Stockton Creek environment with unknown diseases.
N.C. Saniton which is owned by former government officials including Ambassador Martin George, Lands, Mines, and Energy former Deputy Minister kpandeh Fayah and others, is reportedly in close contact with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Green Advocate and other related government institutions to protect the interest of the company.
An EPA official who decided to remain anonymity said the situation is so disappointing that EPA fines it difficult to enforce the law, due to the involvement of several government officials, and agencies.
He admitted that indeed the N.C. Sanitors has violated the environmental laws of Liberia by not using pyretic elements to fumigate the gas.
Monrovia City Corporation Mayor Mary Broh confirmed that indeed there are bad odors coming from the dirt stockpiled in the fence of the N.C. Sannitors, but they have no health effect because the bad scents have been fumigated.
An health official from the Ministry of Health refuted the assertion made by Madam Broh, noting that no bad odor is free from air-bone disease.
Health Practitioner Jerry Karnley said every bad odor is being accompanied by a microscopic disease, and noted that the effect of the disease may not be immediate but in the long run it could develop and begin to work in the cells of human beings.
Details surrounding the economic intake of solid waste, and the end users of garbage that have been buried at the Whein Town Satellite site in Paynesville will be focused in the subsequent edition of this paper.