"Such rubbish dumps allow rats and mosquitoes that spread serious illnesses to thrive"
As we speak, the suburbs of Libreville have been submerged by rubbish. Even though the situation in the outer suburb of Nzeng-Ayong is particularly catastrophic, the residential areas haven’t been spared. In Ambowé, where I live, mountains of waste are rotting away right in front of beautiful houses.It is more than just visual pollution. Such rubbish dumps allow rats and mosquitoes that spread serious illnesses to thrive. When it rains, like it is now, it’s even worse. The rainwater stagnates because the sewers are blocked by rubbish. Therefore, mosquitoes thrive and lay larvae, exacerbating the risk of malaria. Furthermore, the decomposing waste produces an unbearable smell as well as irritant vapours, which could trigger allergic reactions, even pneumonia.“I don’t understand why the rubbish collection business is not open to competition”Libreville is a small city when compared to Dakar or Abidjan. Here there are only 700,000 residents. Therefore it’s not normal to fail to manage this problem properly. To govern is to plan for the future. A rubbish tip can’t work without a rubbish treatment plant. Therefore, here, we collect garbage but we don’t treat it.I don’t understand why the rubbish collection business is not open to outside competition. Sovog holds a monopoly but it only does half the work. Where can’t we call in another company that deals exclusively with treating rubbish to work alongside Sovog?”