Lilongwe City Council in need of waste collection vehicles
Lilongwe City Mayor, Richard Banda said Lilongwe City Council (LCC) is in dire need of about 20 waste-collection vehicles for it to effectively manage waste in the city.
Banda made the remarks on Tuesday at the civic offices in Lilongwe when Pakistan Welfare Association donated a waste-collection vehicle worth K10 million to Lilongwe City Council to assist in the management of waste.
Banda said LCC struggles to properly carry out its waste collection operations due to inadequate waste-collection vehicles, hence hailed Pakistan Welfare Association for the donation.
“Currently, we have four waste-collection vehicles and because of the shortage of such vehicles, we fail to collect the garbage in all areas in the city as we need about 20 vehicles to accommodate all the areas.
“Therefore, as a city council, we are extremely grateful for the donation by Pakistan Welfare Association. The donation will go a long way in helping us manage the waste properly in the city,” Banda said.
The LCC Mayor said it’s difficult for the city to source the required garbage collection trucks, therefore, called on well-wishers to support it with the vehicles if it is to improve waste management in the city.
“We are striving to have the required waste collection trucks. Our friends from the Japanese Embassy have also promised to give us some trucks, and we hope by the end of this year, we will have all the required trucks.
“However, we urge other well-wishers, including individuals and organizations to help us with the vehicles which can help us improve waste management,” said the Lilongwe City Mayor.
In his remarks, Pakistan Welfare Association Chairperson, Aamir Younus Patel, said as an association, they decided to donate the waste-collection vehicle to LCC as one way of fulfilling their corporate social responsibility.
“As an association, we have an obligation to take part in the development of the country by pursuing various social activities in the country’s various sectors, including health and education.
“This time, as one way of fulfilling our corporate social responsibility, we managed to donate the waste-collection vehicle and made the donation together with one of our partners, Sana Mega Stores,” Patel said.
He added that they look forward to conducting more charity works in the country, saying government alone cannot manage to do everything.