The House of Representatives has been petitioned by some citizens here to summon Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee and his team to respond to questions regarding the overflow of dirt in the streets of the capital city.
Mountains of garbage are rising in Monrovia and its surroundings, as the City Corporation under the command of youthful mayor and ruling party Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) youth league chair Koijee appears to be overwhelmed.
A group calling itself Concern Citizen for Clean Liberia (CCCL) which files the petition before the House of Representatives says it wants Koijee, his technicians and others to be summoned by the lawmakers to respond to questions regarding the overflow of dirt in the capital Monrovia.
CCCL alarms in the petition that mere illnesses like headache, malaria, running stomach and other common diseases are killing citizens in the country.
According to the group, these illnesses listed are caused by mosquito bites, lack of safe drinking water and polluted air.
The group says it is disturbed by the huge overflow of garbage in the streets for the past two to three months.
CCCL indicates that it is the legal responsibility of the Monrovia City Mayor and all others receiving salaries at the expense of Liberians [to keep the city clean].
But the group informs lawmakers that in recent time Mayor Koijee told Liberians that he is not a dump-pa-hero, a statement which the CCCL sees as a slap in the faces of Liberians and a complete insult to humanity.
“Taxes paid by those marketers are being used to pay members of the very officials of government including the Monrovia City Mayor and all other persons associated with cleaning the city, yet they have deliberately refused to do the jobs for which they are being paid for,” the group complains.
The CCCL adds that garbage around Monrovia has turned into mountains, gradually creating their own communities.
The group deems it a shame and disgrace to the country when investors and guests from other countries and people with prestige come to Liberia and see how deplorable it the city is.—Edited by Winston W. Parley