The Mayor of the Monrovia City Cooperation or MCC, Clara Doe-Mvogo, has disclosed here that the Duala market on Bushrod island, outside Monrovia will be relocated shortly. Mayor Mvogo attributed the decision to encroachment of marketers on the main road leading to the St. Paul Bridge.
According to her, the Government of Liberia has acquired about 16 acres of land along the Caldwell Road for the relocation of marketers of the Duala Market for transactions.
She noted that plan were also underway for the relocation of the people of the Township of West Point. She said residents of West Point will be relocated to a suitable place in the City of Browerville, outside Monrovia to stay in a decent housing units at afford costs at a later date.
Mayor Clara Doe-Mvogo also told an Information Ministry regular press briefing on Capitol Hill Thursday, December 17, 2015 that marketers in Montserrado and its environs had the right to transact or sell goods and services , but off the streets because of the huge traffic jam they create.
According to her, while the MCC is only restricted to maintaining a clean environment, it is also engaged in temporary youth employment, especially students, saying “part of our responsibility is to provide jobs for school-going youths; and based on this, we are targeting about 13 schools in the country to start up the exercise code named: Operation Attack Plastics, to be launched next week in Monrovia by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The mayor indicated that exercise is aimed at clearing Monrovia and its environs of unwanted plastic materials.
According to the Acting Monrovia City Mayor, no specific date has been determined for the launch of ‘Operation Attack Plastics’ because plans are still being finalized this week, with the participating schools. Mayor Mvogo indicated that such clean-up campaign will take the form of a competition among the participating schools, following which trophies in three categories – first, second and third, would be presented at an elaborate program schedule for the newly created park in Vai Town, Bushrod Island developed by Chevron-Liberia.
She noted that the students will be provided hygienic/sanitary materials, including gloves, boots, as well as helmets, among others during the exercise which will last for a period of time, saying out of thirty-three schools invited, only thirteen signed up for the project.
She said ‘Operation Attack Plastics’ is supported by the United Nations Children Agency – UNICEF, and will involve the Environment Protection Agency or EPA.
By Lewis S. Teh