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Senate probes Monrovia’s dirtiness

The Senate Committees on Internal Affairs and Health have been mandated to investigate a suggestion to invite the mayor of Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), Mr. Jefferson T. Koijee to answer questions over why Monrovia is filled with so much dirt.

Liberia’s capital city has slipped back to overwhelming dirtiness for some time now as mountains of garbage remain uncollected for prolonged period, immensely contributing to the spread of diseases here.

Some appreciable level of city ordinance enforcement was visible when former mayor Mary Broh, who now heads the General Services Agency (GSA) was in charge at the MCC, though others argued that she got the support she needed because of her closed relations with former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf.

But Monrovia is badly sinking in filth today under a very youthful leadership of Mr. Koijee who also enjoys a very close relationship with incumbent President George Manneh Weah that may as strong as one could say of Madam Broh and former President Sirleaf.

Meanwhile a remarkable difference that they may have is that mountains of garbage are now being set ablaze in and around Monrovia under Mr. Koijee’s administration, probably due to the Corporation’s inability to collect the garbage and keep the city clean and green.

A NewDawn investigation conducted last month found that residents across the capital resorted to burning uncollected garbage due to the failure of the MCC to collect waste as part of its statutory functions.

Some major sites that host garbage include the Nancy B. Doe Market in Sinkor where thousands of marketers and their children spend their days seller while the kids attend a school built for the market; the Slipway Public School area; West Point Intersection; Randall Street, and Front Street, among others.

In a move to take some actions that may save Monrovia, the Senate has mandated its Committees on Internal Affairs and health to look into a concern raised by Bomi County Sen. Senator Sando Johnson through a communication seeking to invite Mr. Koijee.

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That committee is given two weeks to make its report to plenary.

In his communication to the Senate, Sen. Sando Johnson craves appearance of Mayor Koijee for the Mayor to explain to Plenary why communities in and around Monrovia are in filthy conditions.

Sen. Johnson observes that most of the communities in Monrovia are occupied with huge pile of dirt.

According to the Bomi Senator, the huge pile of dirt at different street corners in the city is causing major health hazard for inhabitants and commuters in the city.

Following the reading of Sen. Johnson’s communication, Lofa County Sen. George Tengbeh made a motion calling on the Senate Committees on Internal Affairs and Health to investigate the matter and report back to plenary in two weeks.

By Ethel A. Tweh –Edited by Winston W. Parley

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