MCC to Erect ‘Thousands of Public Toilets’

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Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee (right) with the Director for City Beautification, Edwin Tisdell

With plans to also wash the streets

Under the watchful eyes of the Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee, the Director for City Beautification, Edwin Tisdell told journalists over the weekend that plans are underway for the construction thousands of public latrines in the City.

Mr. Tisdell said the initiative is to ensure that Monrovia becomes one of the cleanest cities in Africa and the world. He said  that as part of efforts to make Monrovia a clean and green for healthy inhabitants, the City Corporation has embarked on the washing of streets in the City.

He emphasized that although the exercise might be new to Liberia, it is done in other parts of the world for a healthy environment.

“Washing of the roads is another means of putting out germs because we ride cars that in most cases come from strange environment, we have to wash the roads to safeguard our people” he added.

Mr. Tisdell stressed that the reasons why other Countries are very clean and have good air quality is due to the washing of their roads.

“People don’t understand and think that we are spoiling resources” he told journalists in Monrovia.

According to him the road washing exercise is not just limited to the festive seasons, as the MCC has written several partners for the initiative to become a sustainable one.

He expressed the hope the washing of the roads will curtail germs and waterborne diseases in the City.

When quizzed about how far the MCC intends to go with the exercise, Tisdell intoned that it started on the 13th of December with painting and decorating the principal streets of Monrovia.

“We are also painting all the bridges constructed by Government in Monrovia to include the Gabriel Tucker Bridge, the Zolu Duma Bridge, the Jamaica Road Bridge, and the Double Bridge at Stephen Tolbert Estate, amongst others.”

In order to enhance its work, MCC has also begun to shut down makeshift auto garages and has removed faulty vehicles from the streets. “Our City planning team is also involved in ensuring that all private homes and businesses are painted,” he said.

He further said that those whose homes have broken septic tanks will be fined as this poses serious health and environmental risks.

Mr. Tisdell also revealed that the MCC has secured about 400 trash cans which will be mounted in the streets of Monrovia to avoid people from throwing dirt in the streets.

The Monrovia City Corporation Director for Beautification said when the city is clean and healthy; it will also attract investors who will create jobs for Liberians.

“Mayor Jefferson Koijee is very passionate of keeping the City of Monrovia clean, green and safe.” He has mandated me and my team to regularly ensure that our capital city is attractive for investment and our people live in a healthy environment”.

Tisdell said beginning next 2019, the City will experience some drastic changes in its outlook, noting that they will modernize Monrovia and make it more attractive for job creation for many young people.

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  1. I want the city major to stop zogos from loading cars in Monrovia and to organize taxi and bus pick up point in Monrovia. He should hire and train dispatch to put people in taxi to their desire destination. Zogos are dirty and they’re criminals harassing passengers for money and stealing from them. This is making the city bad. If people are train to dispatch passengers, it will create jobs and make Monrovia safe. I personally watched a zogo stealing a woman phone from her bag that he was putting in car. It is bad.

  2. As the saying goes, “Rome was not built in a day.” I admire these young folks enthusiasm to beautify the Capital City, Monrovia after they have traveled around Africa and other parts of the world and saw how beautiful those cities are.

    This inexperienced Mayor of Monrovia and his staff need some tutoring in public administration 101. During the civil war, Monrovia population mushroomed exponentially due to the influx of internally displaced people coming to Monrovia for safety. All this chaos makes Monrovia a complicated city to administer by an inexperienced Mayor.

    It is would be wise for this current Mayor and some of his staff to visit some metropolitan cities in the United States to study the inner workings of cities and municipalities: how Mayors and City Council work together. I advise them to visit Atlanta, Baltimore or Philadelphia. These are major cities with large African Americans population where Monrovia could develop a sister-city relationship. This will really help our struggling Mayor and his staff to run Monrovia better and professionally.

    It is good to have public latrines but if these poor city dwellers don’t have jobs, how will they pay to use these latrines? The city can put many of these poor people to work by hiring them to clean beaches of litters, clean streets, clean markets and clean out those poorly constructed (uncovered) clogged water drainage around the city.

    Designated trash bins around the city are good only if there are enough city code enforcement officers to fine law breakers who littered in the streets. Monrovia is poorly designed and overcrowded. Monrovia, a city that was initially planned to host only 500,000 people is now overpopulated with approximately 1.2 million people thus making it difficult to adequately plan modern infrastructure development.

    People are building shacks wherever and whenever around the city of Monrovia without abiding to any city code or zone planning. There are too many bombed out buildings and dilapidated structures still hovering over the skylines of Monrovia that are eye sores to foreign visitors: The E. J. Roye Building, the Old Ducor Palace and the congested old Antoinette Tubman Stadium are just few eye sores in Monrovia that need to be demolished and have modern edifices constructed in their place.

    It is embarrassing to see how the Rally Time Market and ATS (Antoinette Tubman Station) were poorly constructed near the B.T. C (Barclay Training Center) were military parades and foreign dignitaries gathered to hold Armed Forces Day, Flag Day and other important celebrations. That area is too congested. Those old structures which are eye sores to foreign dignitaries need to be demolished and relocated.

    A spacious 4,000 seat auditorium (instead of building a 4,000 seat theater on Bali Island) with enclosed roof could be built in that location of ATS to augment military celebrations and high/college graduations during increment weather and presidential inaugurations. The Old Rally Time Market location could serve as a city park or parking lot for the new Auditorium.

    Why will this government allow the 1979 O.A.U conference center, where Hotel Africa stands, to go waste when that prime location could be developed into a beautiful tourist beach resort thus employing thousands of Liberians?

    This young City Mayor and the Minister of Labor, Youth and Sports could collaborate on creating jobs for the youths. This will help cut down on crimes; this will help cut down on the amount of people selling in the Streets of Monrovia, and will help cut down on marketers blocking pedestrians’ right of way on the sidewalks in Monrovia.

    Remember Mr. Mayor, the lack of jobs in an already congested and chaotic city like Monrovia posts a severe risk to development and city beautification.

    As the wise person once said, “Where we cannot invent, we may at least improve.”

  3. “Washing of the roads is another means of putting out germs because we ride cars that in most cases come from strange environment”, we have to wash the roads to safeguard our people” he added.

    Half of it is true anyway… What mess do you think is coming in from anywhere that isn’t already on those roads?

  4. Building Public Latrines is a very good initiative.For it is a public safety measure.Washing the street now in my opinion is not timely. The roads you are comparing with being washed regularly are not dusty,and there are very limited dirt found in those streets.A plan can be good when it is well organized.First try to minimize dirt in the streets. How can you wash a street with huge amount of accumulated dirt.I am focusing on Red light may be you are focusing on Central Monrovia.That is what I say Organization of a plan . Red light is the main entrance of entire Monrovia.If that place is foul, a host of all the microorganisms, congested, keeps human feces who will qualify Monrovia to be clean city.It is a nice plan but let it be done on prioritization basis for it to be effective.

  5. Credit must be given to where credit is due.

    The construction of publuc toilets in Monrovia is positive. Tisdell and his staff under the watchful eye of the mayor, J. Koijee are embarked on changing Monrovia.
    We wish you well.

  6. They have no clue, First of all if you build thousands of toilet, you will need thousands of attendants, do you budget allocated to employ these folks? “Animal Kingdom” Sad time for the Great Liberia.

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