By Bill E. Diggs (UL Intern)
Residents of Monrovia and Paynesville risk paying heavy fines by July 20, if they failed to adhere to City Ordinance #1, which calls for clean city, void of ‘dirty residents.’
Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee sounded the warning yesterday at a press conference hosted by the Special Presidential Inter-sectoral Task force, to announce that it would fine “dirty residents” of the two cities, who will fail to join the campaign to give the city a facelift as part of activities marking the official celebration of the July 26 Independence Day.
Koijee called on all Liberians to be part of the upcoming process, “because when Monrovia and its environs are cleaned and decent, residents will accrue collective benefits.”
Due to the huge challenges to make Monrovia clean during the festivities, Mr. Koijee said that the MCC will hire at least 1,000 young Liberians on a short-term basis in the various communities to clean the city.
“By the instruction of the President, MCC will pay these young volunteers US$50 at the end of the exercise with the possibility of being maintained on the job for the months ahead to help keep Monrovia and Paynesville cities clean and also earn money for their livelihood,” he said.
Koijee acknowledged that all residents and business establishments will join the national task force and clean their respective areas, “because it was a mandate from President George Weah to do so.”
The task force is headed by Mayor Koijee and Paynesville City Mayor E. Pam Belcher Taylor in collaboration with other governmental ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), the General Service Agency (GSA) and the Ministry of State.
In a related development, Mary T. Broh, General Services Agency Director General, said there would be a “dragnet” dropped over the two cities to ensure that the various communities are cleaned, buildings painted and citizens sensitized to keep those communities clean, “beyond the tenure of the special presidential inter-sectorial job is done.”
Broh expressed optimism that Liberians would take responsibility for their communities by making them clean and healthy for everyone, including the visitors.
She said that no member of the task force is going to play a “big shot role, because all those who have been selected will supervise some 1,000 young people, who will be recruited to implement the beautification of the two cities.”