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MCC Reacts To Henry Costa Wrongful Characterization of Mayor Koijee’s Trip To The U.S;

Ladies and gentlemen of the press welcome and thank you for coming. We were constrained to call you on behalf of the Monrovia City Government on this very short notice because we feel it is very cardinal that we address some misinformation out there in the public.

As you are already aware, the Mayor of our City is in Washington D.C. serving as one of the panelists at the 5th Annual Global Development Forum. This forum has provided our City with a great opportunity not only to seek international assistance to help us overcome our daunting challenges, but also an opportunity to attract investors to the city.

Our Mayor, His Lordship Jefferson T. Koijee, has been seizing every opportunity to pitch ideas and opportunities to his counterparts at the forum to see the need to visit Monrovia and build a sisterly relationship with the city.

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, we were taken aback this morning when radio host Henry Costa, being very clueless about the Mayor’s participation at the Annual Global Development Forum, opted to spill out lies and misinformation to the public.

Contrary to this barrage of deceit that the Mayor’s trip was funded by the Monrovia City Corporation or the Government of Liberia, we wish to clarify that Mayor Koijee was invited by the organizers of the forum for him to share his vision for Monrovia, the challenges and the approach that not only Liberia, but Africa as a whole can adopt to modernize cities and improve urbanization. His trip was fully funded by both the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the World Economic Forum to attend the prestigious gathering of change makers around the globe at the MIT Campus in Washington D.C.

We challenge Mr. Costa to provide any single receipt to prove that the Mayor’s trip was funded with state resources.

We are acknowledgeable about the fact that Mr. Costa has gone out of ideas which has resulted to him desecrating his Radio platform with unwarranted lies and blackmail.
When the historical file of this LYING THIEF is being opened, nothing more can be seen accept manufacturing lies accompanied by callous and substance –induced allegation without substantial facts.
It is just unfortunate that we have such an individual who has absolutely no moral in our country using his radio platform to enrich himself through lies and making ruthless statements that lack any iota of truth
Secondly, it is pathetic that Mr. Costa would allege that the Mayor is attending the Spring Meeting. We see his assertions this morning as a flagrant display of his ignorance and a manifestation of how he has often traded on lies and hates.

What does the Spring Meeting have to do with the Mayor of the City of Monrovia? Why will he want to be there? Why will he want to overstep his bounds? For the record, the delegation to the spring meeting departed the country one week prior to the Mayor’s trip to Washington D.C.

We appreciate freedom of expression but we should be cautious that irresponsible freedom of expression leads to stagnation of development and growth.

We must remember that it is the same LYING THIEF Costa that lied that the Mayor had armed and killed during the District 13 by-election and lied again that the Mayor was chased out of the district. Sometimes we wonder what his intent for spreading such falsehood is.
We recount several lies and fake news this “HATEPOSITION” has marketed as a means of extorting money to satisfy his pimp life style.

Again, we are not surprised. He doesn’t live in Monrovia; he lives in a small cubicle in the United States and cares less about what we go through as a City.

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, our city, this happens to be the capital city of the Republic needs all patriotic hands on deck, not those who will try to derail our gains made. We must realize that it is our collective responsibility to put Monrovia on par with other capital cities in the region.

As the Mayor, Jefferson T. Koijee, is taking the lead, spending sleepless nights, working assiduously to ensure that we can have a City that all Liberians can be proud of, the least we expect of the residents of Monrovia or any Liberian is to support his efforts. As part of his official visit to the U.S, in the coming days he is expected to meet with several international partners, sister cities and the Liberian community in the U.S.

Our offices remain open to the public in the case of acquiring information emanating from the City Government in line with the Liberia’s Freedom of Information Act signed into law on September 16, 2010.

The FOI Act provides all persons the right to access public information which we are committed to.

In line with the Freedom of Information Act, we have established a website www.monrovia.gov.lr which you can also use to be informed about the City Government activities.

Thank you.

Mayor made fulfillment; donates to the Sekou Ibrahim Sheriff High School in J.J. Y Gardnerville.

The Mayor of Monrovia Jefferson T. Koijee  on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 donated a cheque of  One Thousand United States Dollars  to the  Student Council Government of the Sekou  Ibrahim Sheriff High School in J.J.Y. Gardnersville .

Mayor Koijee also donated to the Student Council Government through the School’s administration Fifteen (15) pieces of fans and a 32inches flat screen Television.

Presenting the cheque and items on behalf of his Lordship Mayor Koijee,  his Administrative Assistant Mohammed M. Bamba Jr.  said,”the donation was in fulfillment of Mayor Koijee’s commitment made during the inauguration of the  Student Council Government of the school which he served as keynote speaker”.

Mohammed M. Bamba Jr. told the institution that the Mayor was interested in the installation of the fans in all of the classes including the library and laboratories.

He also noted that the 32inches Television along with a set of Satcon should be used in the kindergarten class where instructors can physically show some of those things taught in class to school going kids in the nursery and elementary .

The Administrative Assistant in the office of Mayor Koijee further noted that the Mayor was interested in providing a smooth learning environment for students of the Seku Ibrahim Sheriff High School and other schools within the city limit of Monrovia and Liberia at large.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Student Council Government, School Principal Varnuyan Sekou Sheriff lauded Mayor Koijee for the gesture.

Mr. Sheriff said he was grateful that Mayor Koijee didn’t exhibit the usual behavior of Liberian politicians who make empty promises without fulfillment .

He lamented that  the youthful Mayor is truly  the representation and the leader  of  the new breed of young people of Liberia .

Mr . Sheriff has also encouraged Mayor Koijee to continue to work in the best interest of the young people of Liberian mainly school going kids .

For his part , Student Council Government President  Musa Kromah said the  Lord Mayor donation was exceptional and worth commendation .

Kromah  noted that he was overwhelmed with joy not just for the cheque and items donated but  for the Lord Mayor  acceptance  of the school’s invitation to serve as keynote Speaker without hesitation.

Kromah cautioned every student of the Seku Ibrahim Sheriff High School to see Mayor Koijee as a role model and a true believer of what he says.

He promised to use items and cash donated by Mayor Koijee for its intended purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

The City Government of Monrovia Receives Preliminary Enumeration Report Targeting Four Electoral Districts ;

All-Terrain Services Incorporated, a local company contracted by the Monrovia City Government to conduct an enumeration exercise in Monrovia and its surrounding areas has completed phase one of the project targeting four (4) electoral districts.

Presenting an initial report to the Monrovia City Corporation through its Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee, ATS Operation Manager Edwin Massaley said the company was able to collect data from Thirty Six Thousand (36,000) structures (homes) with in four of the targeted ten Districts.

The four districts completed include 7, 8, 9, 10 and they are expected to start with the rest of the six districts in the coming weeks.

Mr. Massaley said, during the collection of data from the four districts, they also embarked on a systematic classification of properties within the city limit of Monrovia including private homes, Schools, Public buildings, businesses, market   places, hospitals amongst others.

Receiving the initial report on behalf of the City Government of Monrovia, Mayor Jefferson T.Koijee lauded the All-Terrain Services Incorporated for the exceptional job done which according to him will drive the MCC’s agenda of transforming Monrovia to a smart city.

Mayor Koijee said the project is developing a citywide enumeration system for household location and waste tracking in the city limit of Monrovia.

The citywide enumeration project according to Mayor Koijee, will involve the introduction of software that will serve as a pilot, to track the general layout of neighborhoods and house locations in Monrovia and establish the amount of waste generated in the city per area.

The Lord Mayor noted that other areas of concentration under the ongoing project will include the capacity of the existing infrastructure, its ability to the waste collection needs in each area of the city and the revenue generation potential for household services that the City Government can provide.

Mayor Kojee further said, “the project has helped to create jobs over Three Hundred young people who are residents of Monrovia”.

The enumeration process commenced on Monday, January 14, 2019 and is expected to end in late March 2019.

Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee has pleaded with residents of the City of Monrovia to comply with the enumeration team as the exercise seeks to benefit every inhabitant of the city.

According to Mayor Koijee, the enumeration of housing facilities in the city will help citizens easily locate their place of residence. “Today directing a particular home or office in the City of Monrovia is very difficult, it takes time and resources” Mayor Koijee asserted.

Mayor Koijee narrated further that; when completed, the enumeration exercise will help to save time and money for residents and visitors of the city through the use of special digital software.

He said the exercise will also create a smooth system for the tracking of waste which is cardinal in promoting a Clean, Green and safe city.

Several Community Based Enterprises (CBEs) operating within Monrovia have unanimously endorsed the ongoing enumeration exercise. These Community Based Enterprises are working with the City Government of Monrovia in the collection of primary waste.

They are   basically engaging with the collection of waste from households to the disposal sites and with the prospective household tracking, there is a huge potential for a systemic waste management in the city.

As the City Government embarks on a new approach of revolutionizing waste collection in the City through this system, the CBEs    have pledged to continuously   work with the MCC in promoting a clean, green and safe city.

Summary Achievements of Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee one year of stewardship of the City.

Summary Achievements of Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee one year of stewardship of the City.

 

Background:

Monrovia, the Capital City of Liberia is located in Monsterrado County. Monrovia is Liberia’s largest city and its administrative, financial and commercial center with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. As the result of a protracted civil war, the city experienced a huge setback ranging from economic & infrastructural breakdown to poor sanitation in almost every part of the city. The City Government of Monrovia under the stewardship of young Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee is committed to the sole purpose of making Monrovia a resilient city and improve the quality of lives of its residents most especially in the areas of solid waste management, education, Public safety and youth empowerment.The Monrovia City Government is made up of the following towns and borough:  Gardnerville, New Georgia, Barnersville, West Point, Congo Town, Garworlohn, and the borough of New Kru Town.

Over the one year of our stewardship, we have been able to rejuvenate our employees including casual laborers who work day and night to see a clean, Green and Safe city. In the midst of the constraints been faced by the City Government of Monrovia ranging from logistical and financial , we have introduced a new dynamism to city governance in Liberia which includes but not limited to Youth Empowerment , Security Reform, Revenue mobilization and potential investment into Agricultural activities. With the national threat garbage poses to our city, we have introduced a participatory leadership approach with our residents and communities which have witnessed them taking full ownership of the management of their own city ; something which have yielded a good result for our city over the year evidenced by the collective and overwhelming support we have gotten from residents and communities within the city limits. As the population continue to grow, we are cognizant of the increase in waste generation on a larger scale than ever before, that’s why we have initiated a robust waste collection procedures with our eye set on a prospective private sector engagement through a Public Private Partnership arrangement in the long term with the aim of adding value to waste in our city which will eventually usher in the process of recycling, waste to energy etc.

 

 

 

Consistent with the spirit of the Pro-poor Agenda that influenced the National Development program of the Government of Liberia Cons, the following summarizes our achievements during our one year of governance of the City of Monrovia as Mayor:

  • Increased reforms in Public Financial Management by expanding the Revenue Section for the establishment of the Revenue Department for increased revenue generation through improved service delivery
  • Secured a place for the city of Monrovia on the Executive Committee at the Global Parliament of Mayor for the first time after Mayor Koijee got elected as an Executive Committee member and also currently co-chair the Health Committee of the parliament

 

  • Enhanced public safety(maintaining order) through the extension of the City Parking  Services , covering Sinkor and its environs with a plan to also cover Old Road and Congo Town in the Southern Region of the City and Bushrod Island in the North and trained more than thirty(30) young people who are currently working in the parking services
  • Retrieved advertisement services which was outsourced to a private entity in order to increase revenue generation for municipal development

 

  • An appreciable and rational increment of employee’s salaries and allowances in view of the current economic realities and to motivate staff for increased productivity

 

  • Increment in the workforce of the City Government from the initial three hundred and sixteen (316) employees to an appreciable five hundred plus; with majority been young people.

 

  • Retained all employees in their various positions irrespective of their background, creed, as well as status. As we speak , no employee has been removed from his/her position because of political reason(s) or any one of the aforesaid reasons

 

 

  • Establishment of the Youth Project and Development Unit for Youth empowerment and sustainability

 

  • Established the annual Inter- University Debate for improved efficiency of learning and the exchange of ideas and experiences , and to ensure effective networking amongst Liberia’s higher institutions of learning in pursuit of academic excellence and their common good

 

 

  • Increased the manpower of the Monrovia City Police through the recruitment and training of more than fifty (50) personnel at the National Police Training Academy (NPTA)  to help ensure public safety

 

  • The involvement of the City Police in the 2018 vehicle’s inspection exercise ( first of its kind)

 

 

  • Expansion of the Public Relations Department’s activities by the establishment a  modern  Online Television (MCC-TV)  that is being used  to boost awareness and sensitization on municipal reforms and issues of national development

 

  • Signing of a MoU between the City Government of Monrovia and the Federation of Petty Traders and Informal Worker’s Union of Liberia( FEPTIWUL)  formerly the National Petty Traders Union of Liberia( NEPTEPUL) for a safe and organized market and trade environment within the City with the goal to ensure the organization of street-selling in Monrovia

 

 

  • Restored the allotment of the GOL-World Bank Counterpart Funding for solid waste management operations within the City and its environs

 

  • Ensured and facilitated the delivery of three(2) front-end loaders for the MCC Solid Waste Department and three(3) pickups from the World Bank. The pick-ups are for the use of regional supervisions ( North, Central and South) in Solid Waste Management within the City

 

 

  • Facilitated foreign  training for two (2) managers from the Solid Waste Department  in the courses , Sustainable Solid Waste Management for African Countries A and Improved Solid Waste Management  Technologies in Toyko, Japan under  the auspices of the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) in 2018

 

  • Facilitated training in Access to Energy , Mitigation and adaptation for more than fifteen (15) senior management personnel under the auspices of  the European Union in support of the fight against Climate Change

 

 

  • Conducted capacity building training for employees of the City Government in work ethics , and Administrative Policies and Procedures

 

  • Established the International Affairs Office to help ensure a resilient , SMART and Bold city

 

  • Established and officially launched the WEAH FOR CLEAN CITIES INITIATIVES in support of a Clean, Green and Safe Monrovia

 

 

  • Increase the Fiscal Year Budget of the City Government of Monrovia by 42%

 

  • Established an Urban Development Specialist Desk and recruited a consultant to lead the process for the compilation of data and the drafting of a Citizen’s charter  for the City of Monrovia with the goal to improve upon the 1973 Act of the Liberian Legislature that transformed Monrovia from a Commonwealth to a Municipality

 

 

  • Organized and hosted an Emergency Solid Waste Stakeholder Conference that involved the direct participation of residents and community leaders in Monrovia, who dialogued for two days and produced a resolution on a sustainable approach to solid waste management in Monrovia

Ongoing Studies/ Activities

 

  • Exploring innovative solutions for waste to Energy Projects
  • Modern Vehicles Parking Lot in the City’s center
  • Construction of a Modern Library
  • Bankable proposals on Access to Finance, Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Review for reforms in the Municipal Tax Schedule of 2011 (MCC Tariff)

Approach to Realization

  • Institute reforms in revenue generation for municipal development
  • Pursue capital investments through Public Private Community Partnership(PPCP)
  • Foster engagement with development partners; local and international
  • Build Sister City Relationships
  • Enhance enforcement of regulatory frameworks
  • Increase local participation

 

 

Challenges / Constraints

  • There exist no budget/ funding for Solid Waste Collection and Disposal at present
  • Lack of funding for the hiring of additional topnotch professional for urban management and development
  • Lack of funding for the total automation ( computerized system) of the City Government’s operation

 

 

 

 

 

    STATE OF THE CITY MESSAGE DELIVERED BY HONORABLE JEFFERSON T. KOIJEE ON THE OCCASION MARKING THE 43RD CELEBRATION OF MONROVIA DAY HELD AT THE MONROVIA CITY HALL, SINKOR, TUBMAN BOULEVARD, MONROVIA, LIBERIA,

                              February 16, 2019

 

 

Our Innovative and Motivational Keynote Speaker

Distinguished Members of the Monrovia City Council

Members of the 54th National Legislature

Officials of Government; National and Sub-national

Our International Partners

Members of the Religious Community

Members of the Business Community

Members of the Press

Our Dedicated and Result-focused Staff of the City Government of Monrovia

The Peace- Loving Residents of the City of Monrovia

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen

 

Let me begin by extending thanks more profusely to the Almighty God for having blessed us so much to come this far amidst odds and evens, and during thick and thins.  I am exceedingly grateful to the president of the Republic of Liberia; H.E Dr. George Manneh Weah for the opportunity afforded me to serve our dear country in the capacity of Mayor, City Government of Monrovia. Very importantly, I must extend a warmth general appreciation to the peaceful residents of Monrovia for their cooperation and support to my administration.

The City of Monrovia aged as far back as April 25, 1822.  In 1824, it was renamed “Monrovia” after James Monroe, who was the American President at the time as well as a supporter of the American Colonization Society. The indigenous populations of the areas surrounding Monrovia felt that the city was built on stolen land and began attacking it as early as 1822. From 1835 to 1922, the City of Monrovia existed as a Municipal Government. By February 8, 1922, its Municipal status was abolished by an act of the Legislature for the establishment of a Commonwealth District with a Commissioner who served as ceremonial head. The Legislative Act was approved in 1973 which repealed the 1922 Act creating the Commonwealth District of Monrovia and created in lieu thereof, the City of Monrovia. On February 16, 1976, the first Mayor and eleven councilors of the Monrovia City Corporation were inaugurated thus restoring the rights of Monrovians to manage the affairs of our city and prompting the celebration of ‘’Monrovia Day’’ each year, which supposed to be declared a city holiday within Monrovia.  Today, the City is the capital of the republic and it is Liberia’s largest city, administrative, financial and commercial center with a population of approximately 1.5 million people.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, There exists a very interesting and wonderful coincidence. On February 16, the first Mayor and councilors were inaugurated. February 16 is Monrovia Day. And on February 16, I became the Mayor of the City Government of Monrovia by virtue of my confirmation by the Liberian Senate.

Upon assuming office exactly one year ago, in spite of the huge challenges and constraints, our stewardship has been committed to the sole purpose of making Monrovia a resilient, SMART and BOLD city for the improvement in the quality of lives of the residents of Monrovia, most especially in the areas of solid waste management, education, Public safety and youth empowerment. The Monrovia City Government is made up of the following towns and borough, namely Gardnersville, New Georgia, Barnersville, West Point, Congo Town, Garworlohn, and the borough of New Kru Town that had been supportive to the City’s reforms agenda under our development- driven mandate.

As the youngest Mayor ever in the history of this great city, our vision for municipal reforms cut across a lot of divides and pillars with a strategic objective of not serving as the Mayor only, but also with an enormous focus on empowering the young people and shaping their destinies into an oasis of becoming more meaningful to national progress as we strengthen our collective bond and aspirations together for the overall achievements of deliverables contained in the national Pro poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

Distinguished platform guests, fellow Monrovians, Permit me to pivot on this note to extend apologies on behalf of the City Government for not commemorating the auspicious and all- important over a couple of years. Our decision to rejuvenate the spirit of celebrating Monrovia Day is anchored on the need to take stock of our Achievements, Challenges, Ongoing Activities and our forward march with mammoth emphasis on inclusiveness and broader collaboration and participation.

During our first year of instituting reforms consistent with our Strategic Plan which is calibrated on our short-term objectives and medium and long- term goals, we have been able to stimulate our employees including casual laborers who work day and night to see a Clean, Green and Safe city. In the face of resource limitations, the City Government of Monrovia ranging from logistical, financial, to human capital, we have introduced a new dynamism to city governance in Liberia which includes but not limited to Youth Empowerment, helping to ensure public safety, revenue mobilization and potential investment into urban Agriculture. With the national threat garbage poses to our city, we have introduced a participatory leadership approach with our residents and communities which have witnessed them taking full ownership of the management of their own city; something which have yielded a good result for our city over the year, evidenced by the collective and overwhelming support we have gotten from residents and communities within the city’s limits. As the population continues to grow, the volumes of waste will expand. We are cognizant of the increase in waste generation on a larger scale than ever before, and that is why we have initiated a robust waste collection procedures through the formation of a People Public Private Partnership (PPPP) arrangement in the long term with the aim of adding value to waste in our city which will eventually usher into among others the process of recycling, waste to energy, capital investment, cost recovery, and job creation, particularly for the young people.

It would be unfair to us all if we do not share with you the challenges we are currently faced with when it comes to the lack of adequate equipment for solid waste collection and disposal, and the needed resources for a more effective intervention in the absence of 100% donor contribution to the Waste Sector of the City. This has generated wrong perceptions and outcries on our Administration and has the propensity to portray us Underperformers and ‘’Nothing Doers’’ without knowing the fact.  At present, there is a 60:40 share between the World Bank and the Government of Liberia, which has even compounded the constraints for us as a City, especially with the heavily burdened cost of fuel, equipment rental, equipment and facilities maintenance and laborers’ compensation among others in view of our very meager internal revenues.

Our honorable Keynote Speaker, Officials of Government, Residents of our beloved City, undergirded by the national Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) that informed the national development programs and projects, I am pleased to present summary of our achievements and challenges during our one year of governance of the City of Monrovia as Mayor:

We have;

  • Increased reforms in Public Financial Management by expanding the Revenue Section for the establishment of the Revenue Department for increased revenue generation through improved service delivery

 

  • Secured a place for the city of Monrovia on the Executive Committee at the Global Parliament of Mayor for the first time after Mayor Koijee got elected as an Executive Committee member and also currently co-chair the Health Committee of the parliament

 

  • Enhanced public safety(maintaining order) through the extension of the City Parking Services , covering Sinkor and its environs with a plan to also cover Old Road and Congo Town in the Southern Region of the City and Bushrod Island in the North and trained more than thirty(30) young people who are currently working in the parking services

 

  • Retrieved advertisement services which was outsourced to a private entity in order to increase revenue generation for municipal development

 

  • An appreciable and rational increment of employee’s salaries and allowances in view of the current economic realities and to motivate staff for increased productivity

 

  • Increment in the workforce of the City Government from the initial three hundred and sixteen (316) employees to an appreciable five hundred plus; with majority been young people.

 

  • Retained all employees in their various positions irrespective of their background, creed, as well as status. As we speak , no employee has been removed from his/her position because of political reason(s) or any one of the aforesaid reasons

 

  • Establishment of the Youth Project and Development Unit for Youth empowerment and sustainability

 

  • Established the annual Inter- University Debate for improved efficiency of learning and the exchange of ideas and experiences , and to ensure effective networking amongst Liberia’s higher institutions of learning in pursuit of academic excellence and their common good

 

  • Increased the manpower of the Monrovia City Police through the recruitment and training of more than fifty (50) personnel at the National Police Training Academy (NPTA) to help ensure public safety

 

  • The involvement of the City Police in the 2018 vehicle’s inspection exercise ( first of its kind)

 

  • Expansion of the Public Relations Department’s activities by the establishment a modern  Online Television (MCC-TV)  that is being used  to boost awareness and sensitization on municipal reforms and issues of national development

 

  • Signing of a MOU between the City Government of Monrovia and the Federation of Petty Traders and Informal Worker’s Union of Liberia( FEPTIWUL) formerly the National Petty Traders Union of Liberia( NEPTEPUL) for a safe and organized market and trade environment within the City with the goal to ensure the organization of street-selling in Monrovia

 

  • Restored the allotment of the GOL-World Bank Counterpart Funding for solid waste management operations within the City and its environs

 

  • Ensured and facilitated the delivery of three (2) front-end loaders for the MCC Solid Waste Department and three (3) pickups from the World Bank. The pick-ups are for the use of regional supervisions ( North, Central and South) in Solid Waste Management within the City

 

  • Facilitated foreign training for two (2) managers from the Solid Waste Department  in the courses , Sustainable Solid Waste Management for African Countries A and Improved Solid Waste Management  Technologies in Toyko, Japan under  the auspices of the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) in 2018

 

  • Facilitated training in Access to Energy , Mitigation and adaptation for more than fifteen (15) senior management personnel under the auspices of the European Union in support of the fight against Climate Change

 

  • Conducted capacity building training for employees of the City Government in work ethics , and Administrative Policies and Procedures

 

  • Established the International Affairs Office to help ensure a resilient , SMART and Bold city

 

  • Established and officially launched the WEAH FOR CLEAN CITIES INITIATIVES in support of a Clean, Green and Safe Monrovia

 

  • Increase the Fiscal Year Budget of the City Government of Monrovia by 42%

 

  • Established an Urban Development Specialist Desk and recruited a consultant to lead the process for the compilation of data and the drafting of a Citizen’s charter for the City of Monrovia with the goal to improve upon the 1973 Act of the Liberian Legislature that transformed Monrovia from a Commonwealth to a Municipality

 

  • Organized and hosted an Emergency Solid Waste Stakeholder Conference that involved the direct participation of residents and community leaders in Monrovia, who dialogued for two days and produced a resolution on a sustainable approach to solid waste management in Monrovia

 

Distinguished councilmen and fellow citizens, we are also glad to present some ongoing studies, the approaches to realizing them and our challenges as a city.

We want to inform you that we are

  • Exploring innovative solutions for waste to Energy Projects
  • Modern Vehicles Parking Lot in the City’s center
  • Construction of a Modern Library
  • Bankable proposals on Access to Finance, Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Review for reforms in the Municipal Tax Schedule of 2011 (MCC Tariff)

Some approaches we intend to explore in achieving these studies are,

  • Institute reforms in revenue generation for municipal development
  • Pursue capital investments through Public Private Community Partnership(PPCP)
  • Foster engagement with development partners; local and international
  • Build Sister City Relationships
  • Enhance enforcement of regulatory frameworks
  • Increase local participation

 

Fellow Monrovians and Well-wishers, we are inclined to acknowledge the challenges we are faced with, which includes

  • The current nonexistence of budget/ funding for Solid Waste Collection and Disposal at present
  • Lack of funding for the hiring of additional topnotch professional for urban management and development
  • Lack of funding for the total automation ( computerized system) of the City Government’s operation
  • Mindset issues: use of fire for garbage disposal, disrespect for the City Police, disrespect for our environment, use of violence for redress and relying solely and wholly on government to do all

Finally, we wish to assure that we will continue to uphold our productivity creed of working with Integrity, Discipline and Unity for municipal growth and sustainability in the short, medium and long- term, putting Monrovia first.

 

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

MONROVIA DAY Commemorated on February 16, 2019, after 8 Years of Non-Celebration

Monrovia City Corporation announces that on Saturday, February 16, 2019, will be the 43rd anniversary of the commemoration of the MONROVIA DAY following 8 years of non-celebration. This is in keeping with the Monrovia City Ordinance No.4 which declares the 16th of February each year to be a holiday within the City of Monrovia to be known as the MONROVIA DAY.

The day was set aside to generate a sense of identity for the City of Monrovia and increase the level of awareness for the residents as well as to promote activities and program for the development in the city.

According to the  City Ordinance No. 4, on February 16, 1976, for the first time in 53 years,  the first Mayor and eleven councilors of the Monrovia City Corporation were inaugurated thus restoring to the residents their right to manage the affairs of the city.

The Monrovia City Corporation will host a series of activities for this year’s MONROVIA DAY.  The event will commence with a prayer service. An in-door  program will bring together members of the three branches of government of the city of Monrovia including the Executive heading by the Mayor ,  the Legislative  inclusive of City Council members and the Judiciary headed by  the Judge of the Monrovia City Court .

The Minister of Internal Affairs; Legislators from the political districts within the City and the members  the Committees on Internal Affairs of both houses of the Legislature;  commissioners of the five Townships  within the city limit of Monrovia; the Superintendent  of Montserrado County; development and investment partners; Officials of Government; the Media; and Well-wishers are expected to grace  this occasion.

As stipulated in City Ordinance No. 4, the Honorable Jefferson T. Koijee, City Mayor of Monrovia, will deliver his “Official Message” to the residents of the City reporting on progress and challenges for the year under review.

The Mayor will at the same time presents his programs for the ensuing to year.

This year’s celebration will be held under the theme “Smart Actions for a Smart City”.

It’s a New Dawn, A New Chapter of the Monrovia City Police under Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee ; -Congratulating men and women of the Monrovia City Police for their excellent performances at Programs Commemorating Liberia’s 62nd Armed Forces Day

 The Monrovia City Police have the enviable distinction of being one of the oldest Police force in Liberia.
Our long and proud tradition dates back at July 19, 1973, When the City Police force was established by an act of legislation. For many years the City Police have been overlooked apparently due to the manner in which their functions and responsibilities have been unjustifiably limited.
Residents of Monrovia could not have an inch trust and confidence in the City Police maybe based on their appearances and the manner in which they went about with their police operations a year ago.
Their appearances were worsening and a complete misrepresentation of the Force (Police), receiving a single set of uniform after every four year and above. The City Police just a year ago were only noted for confiscating street peddlers’ goods and at some point begging for little or nothing from street sellers.
A year ago, the Police Department had less than Seventy Five (75) men and women, most of them untrained.
Today, the narratives are changing gradually, embracing a new beginning of the Monrovia City Police under Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee.
When Jefferson T. Koijee was given the responsibility to steer the affairs of the Capitol City of Liberia ( Monrovia) , one of his major priorities was changing public perceptions about the Monrovia City Police , making it a force for good .
His goal was to have the people of Monrovia build an explicit trust and confidence in the Police. He endeavored not to abuse the authority they have but to hold their welfare sacred and build their capacity through trainings.
With the advent of the new millennium , the Monrovia City Police have rededicated itself to the mission for which it was established , utilizing the methods adopted by the Koijee’s administration to steady its course of “ service , pride and commitment”.
Under Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee, additional City Police Officers were recruited to beef up the strength of the force he met when he took over. Both the new and old recruits went through the Police Training Academy, studying courses in conventional policing.
Their wages were increased far better than it was a year ago with a neat outfit and perfect appearances.
Conventionally, an effective police force is the primary tool for a city to monopolize the legitimate use of violence and provide safety through the enforcement of the city ordinances within its territory.
The Monrovia City Police under Mayor Koijee is deriving at a point where men and women of the City Police can be the guardians for the city.
We are strongly believing in shared responsibility and partnership with our community by creating a safe and culturally diverse and inclusive city .

By employing revitalized community based policing strategies, we are now providing a secure environment by focusing on quality of life issues and concerns in our neighborhood .
Our Police are staunchly dedicated to and will carry out this mission with professionalism , fairness and absolute integrity .
Please be acknowledgeable that the Monrovia City Police has a mandate to ensure a crime free and environmentally friendly Monrovia, ensuring investors, residence and guests of high quality of life through public safety and adequate law enforcement .
Take a careful look of the Monrovia City Police Functions :
To enforce municipal ordinances and regulations ;
To enforce parking control regulations and supervise parking lots or related facilities
To Assist with the collection of real estate tax and other municipal taxes
To supervise and control markets and petty trading areas
To provide security at the Monrovia City Court and serve legal percepts of whatever kind emanating from Court ;
To provide security for the Mayor, city Administrator visiting dignitaries
To maintain and safe guard public order and the safety of persons and property within administrative areas
To assist the LNP in the execution of their duties within the administrative area when deem necessary ;
To have jurisdiction over all matters affecting traffic and sanitation within the city limit;
To have complete jurisdiction over matters affecting the flow of traffic, direction of traffic , road signs , traffic lights , roads to be designated , principal roads , one-way roads , one way streets , direction of the signs with the administration

We congratulate our men and women of the Monrovia City Police for their outstanding and exceptional performances at the Armed Force Day Celebration. Your performances today was a clear manifestation that we have climbed a step further, wishing for the best in this year and years to come .
Thanks to our City Police officers and all employees of the Monrovia City Corporation for embracing a change from a promising young man from a native village of Foya, Lofa County. Now we know that a Tamba, a son of a native hunter can make a difference.
With the current team at the Monrovia City Corporation under Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee , we are making the difference ,gradually introducing new dynamism to city governance in Liberia.
Let’s collectively keep Monrovia Clean, Green and Safe
The City Government of Monrovia says congratulations to the paramilitary institutions including the Monrovia City Police for being a supportive arm to the Armed Forces of Liberia in providing safety of the peaceful people of Monrovia and Liberia at large .

Mayor Koijee declares 2019 a year of implementation as the MCC formulates new strategies to address the dangling waste challenges; begins enumeration exercises;

Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee says the MCC is determined to address the challenging waste situation facing the city of Monrovia.

Speaking at the Monrovia City Hall during a major press conference on Friday, January 18, 2019, Mayor Koijee assured residents of Monrovia that his administration will exert every effort to adequately tackle the overwhelming challenge posed by solid waste in Monrovia within the shortest possible time.

The City Mayor further noted that 2019 would witness great improvement and transformation in the sanitary condition of Monrovia.

Mayor Koijee urged residents of Monrovia and other partners to consider the waste situation as a national challenge that requires the participation and support of every Liberian.
He frowned on unscrupulous individuals engaging in the burning of waste across the city and warned that anyone caught in such criminality would face the full weight of the law.

Meanwhile The Liberian Government through the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) has begun the first citywide enumeration of households (Numbering Household) in the City of Monrovia.

The citywide enumeration of household project is implemented by the Monrovia City Corporation through a pilot project which is on a contractual agreement with All-Terrain Services, (ATS), a Liberian based company.

The project is intended to develop a citywide enumeration system for house locations and waste tracking in the city limit of Monrovia.

The citywide enumeration project will involve the introduction of software that will serve as a pilot, to track the general layout of neighborhoods and house locations in Monrovia and establish the amount of waste generated in the city per area.

Other areas of concentration under the ongoing project will include the capacity of the existing infrastructure, its ability to the waste collection needs in each area of the city and the revenue generation potential for household services that the City Government can provide.

The project is also helping to create jobs for hundreds of young people in the city limit of Monrovia. Over three hundred and seventy (370) youths who are residents of Monrovia are currently involved with implementing the project.

The enumeration exercise is targeting the city limit of Monrovia with the numbering process affecting the households in the ten electoral districts of the City.

Currently the enumeration team is working in five of the ten districts and is expected to target the rest early next week.

Barnesville , Congo Town, West Point , Clara Town, Lapkpazee, Central Monrovia , Sinkor , New Kru Town, Logan Town, New Georgia are some of those communities targeted .

The enumeration process commenced on Monday, January 14, 2019 and is expected to last for four weeks based on smooth collaboration from community residents.

Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Tamaba Koijee has pleaded residents of the City of Monrovia to comply with the enumeration team as they carry out the exercise in the next the four weeks.

According to Mayor Koijee, the enumeration of housing facilities in the city will help citizens easily locate their place of residence. “Today directing a particular home or office in the City of Monrovia is very difficult, it takes time and resources” Mayor Koijee asserted.

Mayor Koijee narrated further that; when completed, the enumeration exercise will help to save time and money for residents and visitors of the city through the use of special digital software.

He said the exercise will also create a smooth system for the tracking of waste which is cardinal in promoting a clean, green and safe city.

MCC embarks on house enumeration exercises in Monrovia

The Liberian Government through the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), has begun a project for the citywide enumeration of households in Monrovia.

The MCC is implementing the pilot project through a contractual agreement with All-Terrain Services,(ATS), a Liberian registered Company.

.The exercise will develop a citywide enumeration system for house location and waste tracking.

It is also intended to provide a software that will serve as a pilot, to track the general layout of neighborhoods and house locations in Monrovia and establish the amount of waste generated in the City per area.

Other areas of concentration under the ongoing project include the capacity of the existing infrastructure, its ability to the waste collection needs in each area of the city and the revenue generation potential for household services that the City Government can provide.

Monrovia City Government and the test of garbage fire;

Monrovia- January 7, 2019- Waste management is indisputably a challenging assignment which should in no way be underestimated.

From an unsuspecting eye, maintaining a clean city is an insignificant routine duty for unsophisticated administrators, uneducated sweepers and a conglomeration of illiterate support staff who must earn their livelihood, through the compassion of benevolent waste producers.

In spite of tireless effort by the MCC to surmount the odds and maintain a Green Clean and safe environment for residents of Monrovia and other visitors to our capital, there appears to be spoilers, bent on challenging the wheel of progress and generating the opposite result.

The rampant wave of garbage fire blazing at various collection points and skip locations in Monrovia and its environs recent weeks signifies the negative machination of such unscrupulous individuals.

It is a common knowledge, repeatedly propagated by the Monrovia City Corporation that Garbage burning is illegal and poses health hazard to the greater population.

The city government is calling on all those involved in this unwholesome practice to realize the   associated consequences and discontinue, as the MCC strives to control the waste situation in Monrovia.

 Hence, the Monrovia City Government will take appropriate action against anyone caught burning garbage within its city limit.

Friends for the Future joins the Monrovia City Corporation to Clean Clara Town and its surroundings;

A group under the banner “Friends for the Future” on Saturday joined team of MCC employees to clean the densely populated community of Clara Town.
The cleanup exercise was part of the “Weah for Clean Cities” first Saturday clean up exercise which has now become a common practice across the country.
The “Weah for Clean Cities” first Saturday exercise which started in Monrovia in March, launched by President George Manneh Weah and his wife Madam Clar Weah has taken a center stage in major cities.
In Monrovia, residents are mandated by the Monrovia City Government to remain at their various homes, businesses including communities to clean their surroundings as a way of promoting a clean, green and safe city.
Like the 3F, usually patriotic and nationalistic youth organizations are seeing in their respective communities and most often partnering with the MCC to clean Monrovia as part of their contributions to society .
Friends for the Future, a group of over three hundred youth volunteers along with the Monrovia City Corporation team visited corners of Clara Town, sweeping and cleaning filthy drainages.
The Clara Town Market piled up with huge garbage was also targeted.
Group members including Ali Sayli , Vallai Dorley and Abraham Dorley said it was good partnering with the MCC to clean Clara Town and also cautioned community dwellers to consistently clean communities they live .
They said the burden of cleaning Monrovia should not be an exclusive responsibility of the Monrovia City Government but collective effort of every well-meaning citizen.
Friends for the Future members have promised to always partner with the MCC to Clean Monrovia by decentralizing their clean up exercises in slum communities including West Point , New Kru Town , Soni Wien amongst others .
The cleanup exercise was simultaneously done in the Monrovia City Corporation Solid Waste Southern , Northern and Central Regions .

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