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Bopolu City Demolishes Makeshift Restrooms
By Emmanuel Mondaye, LINA Gbarpolu County Correspondent
BOPOLU, August 23 (LINA) - Several makeshift restrooms in the Dark Forest Community in Bopolu District, Gbarpolu County, have been demolished by the Bopolu City Corporation.
The demolition exercise on Friday was supervised by City Inspector Staphase V. Massaquoi, who said it was aimed at ensuring a sanitary and safe environment.
Massaquoi told the Liberia News Agency that there was a proliferation of makeshift restrooms built by residents which are health hazards to the inhabitants of the city in the wake of the Ebola virus in the country.
“While we are battling with Ebola that is causing havoc in our country, this city will not allow the existence of these health risk structures,” he said, adding, “so we took the decision to get rid of them for a clean and safe environment.”
Massaquoi added that the campaign will be extended to Promised Land, Central Bopolu and Bondi communities in order to prevent residents from building latrines in the open.
However, the campaign met strong resistance in some parts of the Dark Forest community with some owners resisting the destruction of their latrines.
The residents said they were not notified by the City Corporation in accordance with the City Ordinance, which states that prior information must be provided residents ahead of demolition exercises.