Ahead of this year Independence Day celebration, President George Manneh Weah has constituted an inter-sectorial task force to clean up Monrovia, Paynesville and adjacent cities in Montserrado County.
The joint task force which is being headed by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) is comprised of the General Services Agency (GSA), Ministry of Health (MOH), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs.
Addressing a joint news conference in Monrovia Tuesday, July 3, 2018, GSA Director General, Mary T. Broh said they will go all out in making sure that the city will be clean, green and save prior to the independence day celebration.
According to Madam Broh, every aspect of the city ordinance law will be implemented to the fullest leaving no room for compromise.
She said the issue that has to do with cabbage collection and waste management will be fully tackled by the joint task force within the remaining days in July.
Madam Broh, who is highly regarded as the most workaholic person that has ever occupy a public office in Liberia, stressed the need for the public to get involved into the cleaning up exercise, stating that,
“It is only Liberians themselves that can make Liberia beautiful.”
“I’m thankful to the president for believing in me and the others to carry out this task. This task is not going to be easy but together we will succeed. I can assure you all members of the press; this job will be done to the fullest.”
Madam Broh said, as part of their workings, structures found within the city centers of Monrovia will have to get painted before the 26 of this month or risked being fine.
For his part, the head of the technical arm of the joint task force, Maxwell Grisby said, the initiative will provide short-term job opportunity for one thousand young people from various communities in Monrovia and Paynesville.
He said, by the instruction of the Liberian leader, the volunteers will be paid at the end of the month with the possibility of being maintained on the job for months ahead.
He said, as part of the technical work of the task force, both primary and secondary waste collection and disposal will be handled in 178 communities and 52 hotspots in Monrovia, Paynesville and its environs.
“Sweeping and brushing grass and bushes in the communities; de-clogging drainages and opening water-ways to facilitate the free flow of water, trimming trees and flowers in parks and playgrounds; painting the sidewalks road tracks, and public building such as markets, schools, and churches in strategic locations. All these are intended to keep the city and its surrounding clean, safe and green for the national holiday and beyond,” he intoned.
Also speaking, the Lord Mayor of Monrovia, Jefferson T. Koijee thanked the president for thinking in such direction and using the MCC as partners in beautifying the city.
He described the action of the president as “highly progressive” stating that, it will also help in curtailing job drought among the young people.
“This is why this president was giving the popular mandate by the Liberian people in 2017, he will not fail, no matter what happens, this government will succeed,” he accentuated.