The Mayor of Monrovia Jefferson T. Koijee reaffirms his commitment to protecting residents of the city and the country at large.“One thing I will not do at this point is to compromise your safety, despite all the tough measures that have been taken by both the government, through MOH, NPHIL and the City Police”, says Mayor Koijee.
He spoke Monday, March 30, during a joint press conference with officials of the MCC Taskforce, and NPHIL.The Mayor said he’s fully cognizant of hardship these measures are imposing, but they are intended to keep Monrovia residents safe.
Since I’m given the mantle of authority to steer the affairs of this city, it’s therefore my responsibility to making sure the people of Monrovia, and its surrounding are free from harms, and anything that will want to hinder their growth, like the case of this virus that is spreading across the world.”
He notes that critics of the government are using the situation to score points, adding that those complaining that their businesses and market places are being shut down are people who want to endanger their own lives.
Mayor Koijee continues that reason why city police are shutting down businesses in waterside and other areas is part of measures to give the city a decent facelift as well as enforce social distancing among citizens.
According him, no matter how difficult these actions might be, they will not will not mix politics with the seriousness of the COVID-19, saying, “All of our recent actions especially, from the angle of the MCC taskforce are to ensure the safety of the people of this country, and no one should think they can divert our attention by criticizing us.”
For her part, Liberia’s Culture Ambassador Julie Endee, who is jointly in the awareness campaign with the Mayor, calls on citizens to continue the safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus. By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne