Tomoki Kobayashi, JICA’s Representative South Sudan said the project was meant for capacity development in Juba city and how to maintain waste management. It is also aimed to enhance capacity building to the Juba Town Council on waste collections especially collection of rubbish in residential and market areas.
The three year project plan started in 2011 and was an agreement reached between JICA and the Ministry of Environment of the government of South Sudan.
Tomoki however, called for close cooperation of the different levels of governments in Juba in a move to ensure sustainable management of the project, calling for legislation of law governing the environment.
Juba County Commissioner Stephen Wani has urged for the State and National governments to quickly legislate the governing laws, saying absence of law has up to date stands as one of the factors hindering effective management of waste in Juba.
He has called for partners to also embark on creation of awareness on the importance of environmental protection, saying a big portion of the population is ignorant about the importance of protecting the environment.
Meanwhile, State Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement Albert Pitia has called for mass support from the National government to the Juba County and Town Council in an effort to boost the management of waste in Juba, saying the issue has for years remained a challenge due to lack of resources.
He pointed out that, both institutions lack capital to extensively and effectively manage the waste collections. He however, called for change of attitude within the people towards management of waste.
“Waste do not come from up as rain neither grow from the soil. It comes from the house. We should not bring some people to manage our waste but we should manage it our selves,” said Pitia.
He has also called for identification of more dumping sites to be established as controlled areas and disclosed his support and cooperation to work with partners.