Minister Espat Urges Belizeans to Help Improve Country’s Infrastructure

Minister Espat Urges Belizeans to Help Improve Country’s Infrastructure

Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing, Julius Espat is urging Belizeans to work with the government in improving the country’s landscape, highways and roads.  He noted at an event in Armenia Village last week, that the government is investing millions in the country’s infrastructure, and that Belizeans should be mindful of the role they play.  One point he focused on primarily, was the littering along main roads.  

Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South: “Garbage is becoming a major portion of our effort because we sadly as Belizeans we’re not appreciating our country the way we should. Instead we put on mascara we are treating it bad. We throw the garbage all over the place. I mean, I follow vehicles on the George Price Highway where I see them eat up, I don’t see what they do but they put it in a plastic bag lower their window and throw the whole thing. We know this because we are cleaning the shoulders that have never been done the way we are doing it on a periodic basis and any time our bush hog pass through the shoulders you see all the rubbish and the garbage. And we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars just to try to maintain a level of decency and it’s for us. It contaminates the waterways. It affects the tourism. It affects how we believe and think of ourselves. Even we go across the border, we button up and we play it prim and proper and we find the garbage and we put it in but as we cross back into Belize we throw everything on the sides. And I’m not blaming anybody specifically I’m blaming myself as part of our culture. We have to start to learn to love. Watch this. This is a magical place but you have to take care of it. And government does play a part. We have to be serious about our garbage disposals. We have to go into all those garbage areas and make sure that they are properly and adequately designed so that they could receive the garbage. People don’t understand that disposal of garbage is instrumental in any urban landscape and the way we live. We don’t think about it, but it’s critical. Without that, you can undermine a society totally.”

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