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By, Cde Nyarji J Roman 

The world we live in today is deteriorating by the day. Global warming, ozone depletion, poor waste management, and pollution are the major causes for it. Most of these issues needed to be tackled with care and combated with good technology. The one issue that we can handle without any external help is waste management and waste reduction in Juba City. To begin with, keeping our immediate surroundings clean should be the primary target. 

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” This is one quote every parent, teacher or professor mentioned at least once. While everyone has come across this proverb, not many have understood its essence. Keeping your city clean is not really a choice, it is a duty; a moral responsibility.

Dear fellow Countrymen and Women, take your valuable time to read the following below: 


1. A social Responsibility:

Human beings are social creatures. We seek company at all times. Living in a community imposes on us certain responsibilities. Keeping Juba city clean is one among them. It is the duty of each and every person to ensure that his surroundings are hygienic. It is a social responsibility to ensure that the environment is preserved, and living conditions are sustained through the years. 

Furthermore, it is only this, which can be passed on to the future generations. Giving back to the society - this is where it begins. Keep your surroundings clean. Give to the future generations what the past gave you. Better it, if you can, but do not at any cost worsen it.

You are morally obligated to keep Juba city clean. Mother Earth has given you a place to live. It is your responsibility to keep it clean and hygienic and pass it down the line. It is high time that the attitude changes.

In the west or Rwanda, our member state of East Africa Community, people are fined for spitting on the road or even for dropping chocolate wrappers on pavements by mistake. They are always conscious and also pick up waste that is lying on the road without being told to do so. When are we going to learn from them? I think the time for change is now. Better late than never.

Like Benjamin Disraeli said – Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things you must cultivate a taste for them.


2. Preserve The Environment:

The environment is degrading rapidly. While global warming and ozone depletion are cataclysmic issues rapidly, the ever-increasing and poorly managed waste is also a major problem that needs to be addressed. 

The waste that is thrown on the roads and street of Konyokonyo, Juba and Customs corners does not magically disappear. It is our mandate to clean it as Government and Patriotic Citizens of this great Country, South Sudan. Keep your Juba City clean and recycle as much as possible. This is not only good for you, but it is also excellent for the environment.


3. Clean drinking Water: 

There are many people who dump their rubbish on the roads. This is bad. But there is an equal number who dump their waste into fresh water bodies. This is worse - much worse. It is a well-known fact that our lives are base on river Nile water. Hence, dumping waste into water bodies is nothing short of criminal offence. By doing so, you are polluting one of the most significant natural resources.

Hence, it is highly essential to keep water bodies clean. Only if you maintain the water bodies in the city clean will the water you drink be free from contaminants and other toxic wastes?.

To bring Juba city into the top ranking lists in East Africa is my dream through all your Support:

There are many frequent surveys conducted based on which lists are released regionally and globally. To bring Juba city into the big picture, we need to ensure that it stands out in some way. Keeping it clean would easily ensure that it would stand out in several ways. This will lure tourists into the city, thereby increasing the revenue to our GPD.


4. Pure Air:

With clean surroundings, you can rest assured that you will never have to inhale the stench of rotting rubbish that often litters the roads. The rubbish on the road not only smells bad, but it also attracts many insects and mosquitoes, which only exacerbates the problem. 

If people get their vehicles checked for emissions regularly, even the vehicular pollutant levels in the air can be minimized, which will make the air cleaner.


5. Health Reasons:

“There’s nothing more important than our good health – that’s our principal capital asset.” Arlen Specter.

Keeping your environment clean goes a great way in keeping you and your family healthy. That should provide enough inspiration to start making a few changes for a cleaner city, our Juba City. 

Rubbish that is not attended to, rubbish lying on the road or in uncovered bins, serve as perfect breeding grounds for pathogens and germs. Why allow germs to form – why allow them to exist in the first place. Close the Pandora box. It will reduce the spread of all communicable diseases.


Thank you all


By, Cde Nyarji J Roman

Aspirant for the Position of Juba City Council, CES