By Reuben Sei Waylaun
As part of efforts in galvanizing forces in removing garbage from Paynesville City, the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) on Wednesday October 10, 2018 sent 16 dump trucks to aid the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) in removing the huge pile of garbage in the city.
The announcement was made by Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Tamba Koijee during a major press conference at the Monrovia City Hall.
Speaking further, the young Mayor said it requires the collective efforts of every Liberian to ensure cities across the country are kept clean and green at all times.
Mayor Koijee said although he is the Mayor of Monrovia, but what affects Paynesville city has serious ramifications on every Liberian and all residents within the territorial confines of the country.
According to him, President George Manneh Weah himself has asked the Monrovia City Corporation to aid the Paynesville City Corporation in an effort to avoid serious health hazard that is looming in that part of the city due to the huge pile of garbage.
“We will buttress the effort of the Paynesville City Corporation and we will reach out because the president has mandated. We will rent trucks to remove the garbage, but we need to change our mindsets as people of this country.
“It’s completely wrong to drop dirt in areas where you are not to. We must rally around our leaders and we must be supportive in cleaning our cities because if we don’t, there is a ramification,” he said.
The Paynesville City Corporation has in recent time comes under serious condemnations due to the huge pile of garbage across the city with some people even recommending the dismissal of the Mayor, but Mayor Koijee said the Mayor still enjoys the confidence of the Liberian leader.
He said the Mayor alone cannot take the blame for the huge garbage in the city, saying “marketers, vendors taxi drivers and all should ensure the city is clean.”
“The residents too must change their mindsets that public nuisance is illegal and we should not think the Mayor is responsible because outbreak of disease will affect everyone.
“This evening at 9:00pm we will be sending sixteen trucks to help clean Paynesville along with the Paynesville City Corporation. This will last for one to two weeks,” he added.
It can be recalled the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) early this year help cleaned the Gobachop market from huge pile of garbage.
The removal of the garbage at that time lasted for three consecutive nights.
In a related development, Mayor Koijee has welcomed the arrival of Mercy Ships into the country, particularly the city of Monrovia.
Mercy Ships is an international charity. Mercy Ships currently operates the largest nongovernmental hospital ship in the world providing humanitarian aid like free health care, community development projects, community health education, mental health programs, agriculture projects, and palliative care for terminally ill patients.
Mercy Ships has operated in more than 57 developing nations and 18 developed nations around the world, with a current focus on the countries of Africa.
The members of the ships had been in Liberia since the 5th of October 2018. Speaking at a major press conference Wednesday October 10, 2018, Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee said he is happy that Mercy Ships will be in the country for the next six months providing healthcare services along with the Ministry of Health.
According to him, this is a good beginning and the Liberian Government must be commended for such enormous partnership, urging Liberians and other residents to make use of such golden opportunity.
“We need to make maximum use to deal with some of the complicated health issues in the country,” he said.
October every year is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s one of the most common cancers among women and men are slowly adding to the statistics.
Meanwhile, Mayor Koijee has called on all Liberians and residents in the country to join the campaign in helping women, men and the rest of the world in creating the awareness on breast cancer.