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A Liberian 4th of July

5 Jul

  For the friends of the US living in Liberia, there was a 4th of July celebration at City Hall Monday night. Rozi catered good ole American food from around the different regions of the States, and we toasted to remarks from Ambassador Linda Thomas- Greenfield and President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf. Guests were also able to take a sneak peak at the nearly completed Mary T. Broh Event Patio. Take a peek at our occasion.

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Ask the Mayor!

20 Jun

MCC TV is very excited to bring you an in depth interview with Monrovia’s Honorable Mayor Mary T. Broh. This will be the very special, fourth episode of MCC TV, and we need your help to make it the most telling interview the Mayor has ever given. From now until July 5th, submit the questions you would like to ask the Mayor right here in our comments box. Some of the questions you submit will be asked in the interview, so please be honest with what you want to know about her plans for the city, keeping Monrovia clean, and the future of our hometown.

Until then, tune into MCC TV for your Updates From Monrovia City Corporation. The taping of the Mayor’s interview will be private and set to air the week of July 11th.

Employee Profile: Francis Mula Kofa

16 Jun

Position:  Community Based Enterprise (CBE) Development Specialist for the MCC IMPAC Project

My main goal with my position is to really develop entrepreneurship opportunities within the communities we serve.

Households are not really willing to pay for services like door-to-door trash collection right now. The CBEs themselves don’t want to register with the government and be official enterprises. It costs a small fee that isn’t so much, but when it comes to the urban poor the fee may seem like a lot.

The people in the communities we serve are receptive to our work, but when it comes to payment, they get kind of aggressive. We try to tell them the same way they pay for water or transportation they have to pay for cleanliness and ownership. Everyone will not agree to everything at the same time. Some of them will start to see things this way and others will see them and follow suit. When we call meetings in the communities the people will come and express their likes and dislikes about our changes, and they are very bold about it, but they come, which shows they’re somewhat receptive to the change we are trying to make. Please don’t misunderstand: people DO want to make things better. But again I say, some people will comply and others will follow suit. The change takes time.

Affordability and willingness are really our top two challenges when it comes to making this transition for community dwellers. We need to empower the CBEs to become legitimate businesses and implement rates that the people they serve can afford, and we need the people to understand that cleanliness is necessary for life and they should comply.

MCC TV Episode 2

14 Jun

Episode 2 of our Newscast is now here for your viewing pleasure.

If you have any questions about the content please leave them below! We can only grow with your help.

Please note that MCC TV has its own link at the top of the blog now!

From the Desk of the Mayor: The Plastic Bag Challenge

23 Mar

Hello fellow Monrovians here and abroad–

Thank you for the overwhelming support you have given me and my staff here on the blog. If I could complete 70% of what I have through the pipelines Monrovia would truly be a prosperous city. I would like to encourage you to stay connected and vocal by leaving comments and questions here on the blog, becoming a fan of Monrovia City Corporation on Facebooktaking our poll and leaving comments on Waterside progress as you see fit, and emailing images of pre-war Liberia to Archel at itsarchel@gmail.com. When our page first launched, you were excited to speak to us and we want to keep that momentum up. The work here is not complete and neither are our plans.

This week I want to respond to Viktor’s question on plastics and introduce my plans for restricting plastic use in the city. We have a real problem with plastics and we need to take bold steps to remedy our old habits.

First, I hope to implement a ban on non-biodegradable, thin plastic bags. These are the ones that get caught in the trees and stuck in the sewers for years with no relief. We will use the model of Kigali, Rwanda where plastic bags are not allowed in the city. Initially the ban was met with high resistance, but once people see the government will not budge on this matter, adjustments will have to be made. In 2003, the thin plastic bags were banned in South Africa, leaving retailers with at least a $10,000USD  fine or 10-year jail sentence if they distributed them to customers. Now customers have learned to bring their own cloth bags or purchase thicker, recycling-friendly bags for reuse. Bold steps will generate a good response, and we have several examples here in Africa where this has worked. People are still able to drink water and tote groceries without being a detriment to their environments.

As far as plastic bag sales go, we will model Washington DC’s Anacostia River clean up plan. All grocery stores will charge $5LD for each of the thicker plastic bags (note: we are moving away from the thin ones so we can encourage reuse and recycling). The store will keep $1LD, and the other $4LD will go toward the Montserrado River Clean Up Campaign Fund. We will use the money to pay workers to clean the river front. With the implementation of this system we will clean the river and create jobs. If you know me, you know I am a New Yorker. I want landscaping, promenades, and bike paths. We can generate a revenue for Monrovia to be beautiful and plastic-free.

Please feel free to leave your comments on our plastic changes and effective programs you would like us to observe.

Let the love of liberty bring you back to a clean and green Monrovia.

Mayor Mary Broh

Talk Around Town

18 Mar

Here at MCC, we LOVE the input of our constituents. We’re here to serve you, and we can’t do that without listening to what you have to say. Lawrence Whitfield of NiMarA, a facility service provider in Sinkor, recently visited us in City Hall where we got the opportunity to ask his opinion on several issues pertaining to Monrovia’s cleanliness.

  1. How do we get Africans, especially Liberians, cooperative in cleanup efforts? Let’s limit that to Liberia, because once you step out of here it gets a little different. Our people have to learn to appreciate our country. We have to learn what ‘clean up’ really means. It means less illness. Even look at our villages. The people in the villages keep their surroundings clean despite the conditions. The people in the city need to know they are the keepers of this land. The ‘1st Saturday Clean Up’ is a way to start, but we shouldn’t need that to be declared by the Mayor. We should always be looking to keep the city ‘clean and green’ as she says.
  2. The largest change Monrovians can make is if we: Change our attitudes. This could impact the environment by helping us adopt good practices.
  3. Something we’ve tried that could really catch on all over: The trash cans around City Hall. It would be nice to see them beyond Tubman Blvd but also in the more congested parts of the city (Mayor’s Note: We’re working on this because of the great response we’ve gotten).
  4. The most pleasant surprise I’ve seen in Liberia is: I need a week to think about this one.
  5. One task I’m eager to see the Mayor take on is definitely: She has definitely gained prominence during her time as Mayor. I like that she has enforced city ordinances even though she alone cannot do it. Zoning is probably the most hazardous issue right now. People build anywhere and it’s hazardous for our health and can cause fires. I want to see her get our house in order.

Drop by Monrovia City Hall for a tour and your opinions may end up being featured in our next Talk Around Town !

The IMPAC Project Sets to Clean Up Monrovia

11 Mar

The IMPAC Program (Improved Primary Waste Collection in Poor Communities) is a Monrovia City Hall program financed by an outside grant agency to improve primary waste collection services in poor, underprivileged, underserved urban communities.

What are the objectives of IMPAC?

  • To assure higher levels of solid waste collection and disposal in Monrovia with particular reference to enhance the level of door to door primary waste services for poorer and underprivileged areas.
  • To provide entrepreneurs with training and guidance when creating CBEs (Community Based Enterprises).
  • To equip the community with proper waste management practices and life skills to improve and enhance their day-to-day living.
  • Thrice weekly collection of primary waste in identified communities.
  • Facilitate the implementation of recycling and composting programs.
  • Facilitate the creation of Community Management Teams.

Which communities will IMPAC serve?

Bushrod Island

  • New Kru Town
  • Duala
  • St. Paul Bridge
  • S.K.Doe Community

Central Monrovia

  • West Point
  • Slipway
  • Warwein
  • Rockspring Valley

Freeway

  • Topoe Village
  • Chocolate City
  • Chicken Soup Factory
  • Battery Factory

Sinkor

  • Plumkor
  • Sayetown
  • Gaytown
  • Jallehtown

Keep checking back to the blog for the latest on this project!