Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee has become the second African Mayor to be elected as member to an Executive Committee of Global Parliament of Mayors Conference in Bristol, United Kingdom.Speaking at the opening session of the Global Parliament of Mayors Conference in Bristol on Tuesday, 23 October, Mayor Koijee presented the position of the great city of Monrovia ranging from health, security, agriculture, youth employment, infrastructure, and education.
According to a press release from the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), Mayor Koijee stated that those sectors are key to the development of Monrovia and improving the livelihood of its inhabitants.”I am delighted to be here for this unique session and wish to extend greetings on behalf of the great people of Monrovia and the president of Liberia Amb. George M.
Weah,” he says.Koijee tells the gathering that he wished to let his counterparts know that despite
the many challenges faced here, he has been doing some tremendous work for the past
seven months since he took over as mayor of Monrovia.”I have the pleasure to share with you some of our challenges as a city. Currently,
we are exploring avenue to mobilize financial, technical and logistical resources in tackling our solid waste management, security and communication,” he says. He appeals to the body to help in tackling some of the challenges here, mostly the broken health and education sectors.He also cites lack of capacity building for the youthful population through employment and enhancing the security forces, as areas in which he is seeking help.Mayor Koijee further reminds his colleagues that the issue of transportation in the city of Monrovia is also a major challenge for inhabitants.
“In Monrovia, we have the state-run University and students leave from distances to
attend the University. But to get vehicles to transport students to school is difficult. It is a serious problem and we need your intervention,” he adds.In a very passionate tone, Mayor Koijee appeals to his colleagues to join him in enhancing the capacity of the City Police, noting that most of the difficulties found in Monrovia with respect to citizen’s gross disregard for the city ordinance
result from lack of capacity by the security arm of the City Government to enforce
He joined 28 African countries at this year’s session, and he is the only West
African Mayor and the second Mayor to be elected on the Executive Committee of the
Global Parliament of Mayors.–Press release