By Alvin Worzi
Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee has challenged Liberians to see sports as one of the pivotal instruments to growth, job creation and lasting development of the country.
He made the remarks on Friday during a press conference at his office when he indicated that sports is not just a unifying tool but a very powerful instrument for transformation and reconciliation.
Mayor Koijee was addressing journalists ahead of the WAFU Grand Finals on Saturday between Liberia and The Gambia. He commended Chief Patron of Sports George M. Weah for providing US$25,000 to the team as a sign of motivation.
Mayor Koijee, who does not play organized football, noted that it is always good to support sports and young talents in order to add flavor to sports activity and give encouragement to players. He called on other government officials and businesses in Monrovia and its environs to help support the team in particular and sports in general.
He said Liberia has come a long way and with the leadership of President Weah, he is certain that bigger things will happen for the people.
Mayor Koijee indicated that it was time that more support and attention be given to sports, to ensure that Liberia produces more George Weahs.
“I was recognized and treated as a king in Japan only because of football through President Weah. I was greeted with honor, because of the president we have today,” Koijee noted.
Regarding his recent visit to Japan, Koijee said it was fruitful and Liberians should wait for tangible results soon. “I am now trying to take a new approach, and that is to do more work which will produce better results for our people and less talk,” he added.
In continuation of the Weah for Clean City Campaign on Saturday, Mayor Koijee told journalists that the regular exercise was scheduled to begin at the Saye Town football field, in Sinkor, and would be climaxed on the Old Road.
Meanwhile, the campaign witnessed thousands of students, who turned out in appreciation of President Weah’s recent support in paying their fees for the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) examination.
Mayor Koijee commended young Liberians for their resilience shown towards the process thus far in the Clean City Campaign.