Ahead of Liberia’s 174th Independence Day celebration, the Monrovia City Corporation launched a two-week massive clean-up campaign throughout the city of Monrovia, adding that Liberians must adhere to the health protocols.
According to the city government, the campaign begins Friday, July 2 and ends Thursday, July 15, 2021, at the Monrovia City Hall and extends to other parts within the three regions (Southern, Central and Northern) of Monrovia and its environs as contained in the Integrated Work Plan.
Addressing a press conference in Monrovia, Mayor Jefferson Koigee said the clean-up campaign will bring together local leaders including community, township and borough heads and youth.
He stated that the clean-up campaign will target among other major market grounds, principal streets and roadsides, drainages, public latrines, public schools, and solid waste management facilities.
Mayor Koigee, has constituted the July 26, 2021 Clean-up Campaign Committee. He said the Committee is charged with the authority to steer the affairs of the clean-up campaign with immediate effect. He named Mr. Edwin P. Tisdell, General Coordinator, Mrs. Maakai Moore-Juwle, Assistant General Coordinator, Fayiah Yonda: Secretary, Ivor S. Moore, Principal Field Manager, Kelvin Sebwe, Cm Assistant Filed Manager, All DGs, Departmental and Sectional Heads, All Consultants and Project Heads and The Public.
“The committee will work with all existing structures of the solid waste management department and units within the City Government of Monrovia and other partners in order to assist with the effective implementation of our ongoing solid waste management effort in keeping Monrovia clean, green and safe, especially during this period our collective fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic” Mayor Kogiee.
He stated that the MCC head also noted that the committee will carry out the following major clean-up activities within the city, Disposal and removal of backlog waste,Brushing and mowing of grass, Demolition of makeshifts, Clearing of on-street auto repair activities, Clearing of abandoned vehicle(s), Trimming of flowers and trees, Removal of dilapidated billboards and directional signs and Side walk painting and washing.
The Monrovia City Government has also warned all residents of Monrovia and the public to adhere to all existing health protocols instituted by the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia in an effort to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Koijee strongly emphasized that the City Government will closely collaborate with the Liberia National Police to enforce the health regulations to curtail further spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
He stressed that the City Government of Monrovia in collaboration with the LNPwill ensure every home and business place have buckets to allow visitors and buyers to wash their hands before entry. He also encouraged residents of Monrovia and the public to continuously wear their masks and obey the social distancing guidelines to protect themselves, their families, and the city from the global unseen enemy.
Mayor Koijee also warned that any individual and business owner failing to abide by the health guidelines will be arrested and fined the sum total of LD$1,000.00 and US$200.00 respectively.
Speaking also at the press conference, Col. Patrick Sudue, Inspector General of the LNP lamented that police officers will be rigorous in enforcing the fight against COVID-19 and fully work with the Monrovia City Government to ensure that every regulation instituted by the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia to curtail the spread of the virus be implemented to the fullest.
IG Sudue indicated that everyone must wear masks or risk arrest, noting that, “no one is above the law, not even police officers who will be doing the arrest to anyone we find not wearing mask or not abiding by the health protocols.”