On March 18, 2021, the signing ceremony for The Project for Procuring Garbage Trucks in Kolonia Town, Pohnpei State was held at the Embassy of Japan to provide Kolonia Town Government, with the funds up to US$177,088 under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects by the Government of Japan.
This project will provide two garbage trucks to support the garbage collection activities of Kolonia Town, to improve the environment and sanitation addressing the problems of littering and accumulation of wastes in the Town.
At the ceremony, the Hon. Beterigo Jacob, Mayor of Kolonia Town Government, expressed his appreciation for the Government of Japan. He stated that Kolonia Town Government would make sure that the garbage trucks provided would be fully utilized to develop a suitable environment and looked forward to working closely with the Government of Japan.
Ambassador Sobashima Hidenobu stated that Japan decided to finance the project for procuring garbage trucks, as the previous trucks had been broken down and were no longer able to collect wastes. He explained that with the provision of two new garbage trucks, Kolonia Town Government would be able to collect wastes once a week properly, benefiting about 6,000 population of the town. He hoped that this would help improve the environment of Kolonia Town and Pohnpei State.
The ceremony was also attended by the Hon. Bilimon Henry, Speaker, Kolonia Town Council, Mr. Vitus Susaia, Director of Administration, Ms. Eseri Edward, Director of Finance, Malinda L. Mora, Chief of Revenue, Mr. Omar Hadley, Chief of Community Development, all from Kolonia Town Government, and members of the Embassy of Japan in the FSM.
To read the speech by Ambassador Sobashima, please click here.