– Addresses trash disposal and floods
Yesterday, President Bharrat Jagdeo hastily called a meeting at State House to consult with various stakeholders to discuss the garbage that contributes to the flooding around various parts of the country.
According to the Head of State, the drains are in a mess; the result was the recent flooding.
He said the flooding took place because of avoidable actions, which require a sustainable engagement and the involvement of everyone, particularly of civil society.
“The impact and initiative led by civil society may effect lasting changes”
The President explained that cultural changes are necessary with reference to littering, while the customary work should focus on the roadside; that is where persons get a first impression of the country especially if the nation is preaching tourism.
“However, it must go much deeper into the communities and only a change in attitude will lead into a healthy environment.”
The Head of State said that he has noticed in almost every village, that there are persons dumping their waste onto the roadsides.
The Environmental Protection Agency, the City Council and various agencies under the law can enforce a healthier environment.
According to Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, there is a crisis in the way persons dump their garbage. Their actions endanger economic activities particularly agriculture.
The Minister disclosed that the co-operation of civil society is needed in national development to tackle the garbage issue.
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