Mayor Koijee: Uncollected Garbage ‘A National Threat’

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Mayor Koijee is concerned with the uncollected of garbage across the city.

Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson T. Koijee, yesterday described the huge piles of garbage or wastes across Monrovia as a national emergency which needs a collective fight.

Mayor Koijee, who spoke at a major press conference in Monrovia yesterday, said the municipal government is doing everything possible to address the health threat facing residents by garbage menace.

Mayor Koijee said the garbage issues confronting the city have claimed the attention of the government, indicating the World Bank and the government have been operating bilaterally in dealing with wastes in the city of Monrovia before his administration.

He said US$17.5 million was allotted to clean Monrovia, with the Liberian government asked to make available US$4million, but was given US$350,000.00 quarterly prior to his administration.

Mayor Koijee said he took over the city government with nothing in the budget to address the current waste situation, something he said was a huge challenge.
He said President George Weah has allocated US$750,000 in the 2018/2019 national budget to clean Monrovia.

“Our contribution in partnership with the World Bank will go towards equipment. The World Bank is contemplating  a new land for wastes to enhance our work. With this, things will not be the same,” he said.

Koijee pointed out that the amount of US$116,000 is used weekly just to keep Monrovia clean and green in line with President Weah’s promise.

Meanwhile, Mayor Koijee said the city police will be deployed at every location where the dirt buckets will be placed for the collection of dirt and violators will be arrested in accordance with the city ordinance of Monrovia.

He said if the buckets are filled with wastes, it wouldn’t be good for residents to drop the dirt on the ground.

“We have embarked on a 20-day engagement to keep the city clean and green and it requires everyone to get involved. We have over 3,500 buckets that will be placed in several locations across the city to collect wastes. Hotlines will be made available to call if the buckets are filled for collection,” he added.

Mayor Koijee has called on residents within the city to fully cooperate with the municipal government in making the city clean.

“This is a national threat or emergency. We need to engage every sector regarding wastes. We are exploring how we can have a public-private partnership in wastes collection. Beginning August 17-18, 2018, we will have a national stakeholders conference to address wastes issues in the city. We need to do a comprehensive review of wastes processes,” he noted.

Koijee has also announced that the “Weah for Clean City” has received US$750,000 in the current 2018/2019 national budget, something he said will help the youth to get involved in the cleaning-up exercise.

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  1. “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”

    Mayor Koijee, no one told you that becoming mayor of an overcrowded, dilapidated, lawless, chaotic, broken-down, jobless, hustling and bustling, war ravaged city like Monrovia would be easy.

    It takes lots of money, good organizational skills, leadership skills, tenacity, hard work, good city planning, good law enforcement, good code enforcement, and a whole lot more to bring Monrovia back to its hay days.

    I will advise the Mayor and his team to invite city administration experts from Singapore to do some presentations and train his people at Monrovia City Hall on some of the methodologies they implemented in making Singapore one of the cleanest cities in the world. Or, the Mayor and only three members of his team (for cost cutting sake) could visit Singapore: to get a firsthand experience to see what a clean city looks like and how they accomplished this remarkable task.

    If not, please do your research on Singapore’s impeccable cleanliness. You will be surprised to learn that Singapore is universally known for its impeccable cleanliness and low crime rate. Singapore is jokingly known as “The Fine City”. They will fine people for every little infraction. They will even cane people for littering their streets. This canning is a harsh medicine to deter people from littering in Singapore. Such punishment may be considered cruel and unjust punishment by human rights advocates.

    Liberians as a whole have serious discipline problems. The very lawmakers who are responsible for making laws are also responsible for breaking the laws. How will laws ever be enforced in Liberia when those at the top are the main law breakers?

    There have been many times when someone visits the Capitol Hill, office of Liberian Lawmakers; it looks like a junk yard. Trash can be found on the grounds of the Capitol Building. The bath rooms sell like hell hole. I know it won’t take long before the newly constructed annex looks like I don’t know what!!!

    The Monrovia City Corporation needs to go on a good sanitation campaign similar to the Ebola awareness campaign: enforcing the importance of washing hands and keeping one’s environment clean to avoid spreading the Ebola Virus. Such awareness campaign can be done via canvassing, and through other local media.

    There are not enough waste containers for the market people to dump their trash. It is unhealthy so see heap of trash culminating around places where food are sold in open market with swarm of flies buzzing over head.

    There are too many open drainage (without culvert) around Monrovia. Open drainage are subject to breeding mosquitoes, and people used them as toilets in the night. These are very unhealthy sanitation hazards for the city.

    The lack of proper sanitation and PPE (plant, protection and equipment); the lack of city planning; the lack of budget allocation; the lack of code enforcement; the lack of public education on the importance of proper hygiene; the lack of proper waste facility; the lack of trained city administrators and sanitation workers; the lack of permanent sanitation workers; the lack of designated dumpsites/pits to burn and bury collected garbage; and just to a few, post tremendous burden on the city of Monrovia.

    No wonder why Monrovia looks like a big pile of dump!!!!

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