The Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) has elected Monrovia City Major Jefferson T. Koijee, as the second African mayor to serve as an executive committee member of that august body, a release has said.
Mayor Koijee is currently in Bristol, UK, attending the GPM Conference, which began Saturday, October 20.
At the opening session of the parliamentary proceedings on Monday, October 22, according to the release, Mayor Koijee explained some of the problems of Monrovia ranging from health, security, agriculture, youth employment, infrastructure, and education.
“Currently, we are exploring avenues to mobilize financial, technical and logistical support in order to tackle the solid waste management, security, and communication,” he said. “I am happy to let you know that in spite of the many challenges that my city faces, we a government have been doing some interventions for the past seven months since we took over as the mayor.”
Mayor Koijee said the mobilization of resources will help address the technical and logistical constraints faced by Monrovia and other cities, recounting how Liberia was plagued with the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in 2014 that resulted into the deaths of over 4,000 lives, thereby leaving the country’s health system in shambles.
He said the city of Monrovia hosts approximately one million people, which is about 35 percent of the country’s total population of about 4.6 million. He said the city of Monrovia also experienced the worst casualties of the Ebola outbreak, leaving its impact on the country’s health sector.
Koijee He further appealed to the GPM to help Liberia tackle some of the challenges, especially in the health, youth empowerment, and education sectors.
According to him, tackling waste in Africa, especially Monrovia, requires a holistic approach, with support from international partners and wealthy cities, and reminded his audience that the issue of transportation in the city remains a major challenge for the people of Monrovia.
“In Monrovia, we have the state-run university and students leave from distances to attend the university. Vehicles to transport students is difficult. It is a serious problem and we need your intervention.
“We have also started revamping the Monrovia City Police, to make them a unique and professional force that will be able to protect life and property within the city limits of Monrovia. We have beefed up the strength of our police force, to regulate laws through the enforcement of the city ordinances. However, much still needs to be done,” he noted.
Mayor Koijee appealed to his colleagues to join in enhancing the capacity of the city police to enforce city ordinances, especially in view of what he claims is the tendency of Monrovia residents to disregard city ordinances.