Authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia have provided 20 motorbikes, tools and rain gears to environmental inspectors across the country.
The provision of the motorcycles, tools and rain gears, according to EPA Assistance Manager for Logistics, D. Carlton Wonsiah, is intended to enhance the operations of environmental inspectors across Liberia.
Mr. Wonsiah disclosed that inspectors in Montserrado County received four of the 20 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 noted that “they also cover other counties were 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 Assistance Manager for Administration, Thompson S. K. Danfelee, disclosed that the bikes were provided by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Danfelee cautioned the 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 the reckless operation of the bikes and said the lifespan of the bikes would increase if they are adequately taken care of by the inspectors.