The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA has distributed motorbikes, tools and rain gears among environmental inspectors across the country.
According to EPA’s Assistant Manager for Logistics, D. Carlton Wonsiah, the items are intended to enhance the operations of environmental inspectors across Liberia.
The items are part of a consignment procured under UNDP’s National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) project funded by the Green Climate Fund.
It can be recalled that two months ago, UNDP Liberia Country Director Pa Lamin Beyai turned over to EPA Executive Director Nathaniel Blama, 25 motorbikes and other accessories-rain gears, tool boxes intended to boost EPA’s capacity to monitor and collect data for environment compliance, including supportive adaptation planning and to build resilience across the sectors.
“This donation is timely and essential to ensuring that quality data collection on environmental compliance are ahead to,” Beyai stressed at the time.
In furtherance of this objective, Mr. Wonsiah disclosed that inspectors in Montserrado County received four of the total number of bikes, while the rest of the counties got two motorbikes each.
He explained that EPA inspectors are currently based in 10 of the country’s 15 counties, but was quick to note that “they also cover other counties where inspectors are not stationed”.
Prior to taking them away to their various assignments, Wonsiah said: “the motorbikes were properly checked to ensure that they don’t have mechanical faults”.
EPA Assistant Manager for Administration, Thompson S. K. Danfelee disclosed that the bikes were provided by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and asked inspectors to take proper care of them.
He mandated environmental inspectors to provide monthly reports on the operations of the bikes assigned to them.
According to Mr. Danfelee, monthly reports on the status of the motorbikes would be a prerequisite for the provision of supplies to inspectors.
For his part, the Head of Environmental Inspectors, Edward Wingbah urged inspectors to use the motorbikes for the intended purpose and pleaded with them to change the engine oil regularly.
He cautioned them against reckless operation of the bikes and said the lifespan would increase if the bikes are adequately taken care of by the inspectors.