Monrovia youthful City Mayor Jefferson Koijee, is upbeat about keeping the city named in memory of the late fifth American president, James Monroe, clean, safe and green. Immediately after taking office, Mayor Koijee launched the “Weah for Clean City Campaign”, a rebrand of the ‘First Saturday’ cleanup campaign initiated by one of his predecessors, firebrand Mary Taryonnoh Broh.
President George Manneh Weah and First Lady Clar Weah led an array of government officials to the launch of the “Weah for Clean City Campaign” in March, cleaning several communities across Monrovia.
Jeff is determined to clear the capital and its environs of garbage and human wastes that litter the streets, posing serious sanitary and health threats to the population. He has enlisted over 50 youth from the governing Coalition for Democratic Change party into a special brigade to run with the vision.
Monrovia residents should not become spectators or backbenchers in this exercise. Rather, they should take ownership of the entire campaign by helping to clean their environments before the city corporation comes in to buttress their effort.
Addressing a news conference on Thursday, 4 April at the Monrovia City Hall, Mayor Koijee paid special homage to residents of Soniwein community for coming out in their numbers to clear drainages in the community of dirt, while the MCC provided tools as such shovels, hooks, brooms and wheelbarrows.
The youthful mayor cannot do the work along. He needs support from government, citizens and partners to take Monrovia to the kind of capital it ought to be, which we all would be proud. The capital city of any nation is the face of that country, for it says a lot about the entire country.
This means the World Bank, UNDP and other international partners would have to join the effort in helping to keep Monrovia clean, safe and green. It is attractive for habitation and vacation. The MCC needs funds and logistics, particularly trucks, and yellow machines to collect garbage.
First Lady Clar Weah donated a huge consignment of face masks to the MCC on Tuesday, this week as a way of buttressing ongoing effort to keep Monrovia clean. The masks are to be used by sweepers clearing the streets and various market grounds.
Efforts by Mayor Koijee to have hygiene clubs established in various schools across Monrovia would go a long way in promoting hygienic and positive sanitary lifestyle among the population.
If we all can join the Mayor in cleaning our various environments, we would have addressed half of our common health problems such as malaria, diarrhea, cholera, and Lesser Fever, among others that attack our homes and children. Lest we forget, a clean environment produces a healthy population.