By Jerromie S. Walters

Monrovia, Liberia, on the 30th of December, 2022: Jefferson T. Koijee, the recently elected Secretary General of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), has revealed that he is considering recruiting the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) to the Coalition.

He disclosed the information on Thursday, December 29, 2022, at his office at Monrovia City Hall while addressing the media on a variety of issues.

The Secretary General of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) stated that his leadership is focused on forming a grand coalition, and as a result, they are collaborating with a number of other political parties, including the Alternative National Congress (ANC), to ensure that they are superior to what we currently have.

“We believe that the only way to change this country is to join forces with those who have what it takes to transform the country,” he stated.

He feels that collaborating with the Coalition for Democratic Change is the most effective method to improve Liberians’ lives (CDC).

Mayor Jefferson Koijee elaborated on the gains and challenges facing the Monrovia City Corporation in 2022, stating that the greatest accomplishment of his administration was convincing the world community to host the summit of global city mayors in 2023.

With the involvement of mayors from around the world, he believes the conference would expose the country to international giants, thereby making it more attractive for business.

He cited his worldwide lobbying efforts that secured the safety of a Monrovia climate change project.

The mayor highlighted to the fact that the municipal administration is now producing more revenue than it did in the past, notably as a result of the implementation of technology means to collect mandatory fees from its partners and businesses in the city.

He indicated that in 2022, the MCC will adopt a sustainable inclusion that would allow young people to enhance their capacities as well as the municipal government’s national potential.

However, he stated that the city faces numerous difficulties, particularly when it comes to giving proper budgetary allocations, but they are doing their best to maintain civic order.

He implied that inhabitants of Monrovia exploit poor kids to dispose of their garbage for little or nothing, which he believes has contributed to the filthiness of the city.

In addition, he cited landfills as one of the numerous causes of the city’s disorderliness and a serious burden for the local government.

However, he stated that the city administration is presently arranging for further support to ensure that additional resources are provided to alleviate the stress of the government.

The next year, according to Koijee, the municipal council will offer a plastic that the public can use to collect trash that will then be collected by MCC employees.

He believes that the issue of garbage in Liberia is misunderstood, and people must realize that they must pay for their waste. As a result, they are collaborating with partners to promote trash management awareness.

The Mayor of Monrovia encouraged the media to propagate and disseminate both negative and positive information, citing the coverage of garbage on the streets of Monrovia that is no longer visible after being collected by the city’s sanitation service.

In addition, the mayor announced that the city will impose a regulation in the Waterside Market in January, and that containers arriving via the Waterside Route will be restricted to 8:00 p.m. to prevent their destruction.

He described how the city administration, through one of its projects, intervened in the lives of around 28 disadvantaged adolescents, who are now fully engaged as City Police officials at the Monrovia City Cooperation. He feels the government should concentrate on distributors rather than end customers.

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