Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Tamba Koijee

Monrovians May Contract Serious Disease Outbreak Due To Filths

Monrovia, one of the oldest Cities in Africa has been engulfed with huge garbage amid the presence of a city government under the watchful eyes of it’s flamboyance Mayor, who has now occupied himself with politics.

As a result of the filthiness of the city, residents may likely contract a disease that may not be controlled by health authorities when spreading at the disposal of the majority who if not medically addressed may to the unfortunate demise of citizens, mainly residents of Monrovia.

Pile of dirt in central Monrovia

Amid the Hugh pile of garbage in the city and it’s environ, the Lord Mayor of the city, Jefferson Tamba Koijee, and stakeholders in the sector are said to be careless of this situation, while visiting tourists and others  from other countries pondering over  the state of the Liberian capitol.

The Lord Mayor of the City of Monrovia should see reason to employ means in the rapid cleaning up of the city, he should not sit there until some kind disease or diseases in the Liberia Capitol City be overwhelmed at the detriment of  the citizens.

Early this year, the European Union (EU) alarmed on the filthy state of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, but the EU’s statement was rejected and criticized. Days later, the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) was compelled to conduct a thorough clean-up exercise across the city.

This time, the garbage has reached on Broad Street apparently due to the lack of willingness on the part of the City Corporation to do its job or business institutions and residents are willfully throwing trash in the streets.

Speaking to journalists recently in an exclusive interview with residents and business people Wednesday, November 8, 2023 in Monrovia, a money exchanger, Sheikh A. Ayoubah said the unpleasant smell of the city is a direct threat to a healthy environment.

He stated that action needs to be taken to ensure that the sewage system is restored. As Prince Saah reports, Ayoubah explained “Since last week Friday, we have been experiencing the gathering of dirt on Broad Street, not just here, but the entire Monrovia is getting filthy.”

Andy A. Hassan, a businessman also disclosed that the middle of Broad and Center Streets is seen with a huge stockpile of garbage, while around Gurley Street is now being illegally used as a serious dumping site for residents and passersby.

Hassan alleged that business people, who sell on Broad Street have collected over US$1,000 to be used for the collection of dirt and fixing of culverts; while paying weekly fees to the MCC for the collection of the dirt.

He said the behavior of MCC has left Monrovia unsafe for citizens, stressing an urgent need for action. Our reporter also observed that several other streets across the city are stockpiled with dirt and spillage of feces including Waterside, Clay Street, Newport Street, Camp Johnson Road, amongst others. It is also observed that the intersections of Benson and Gurley Streets are being used as a garbage sites.

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