1 October 2009

Liberia: City 'Ordinance #1' Takes Effect Today

Acting Monrovia City Mayor, Mary 'The General' Broh says Monrovia City Ordinance Number #1 takes effect today, October 1, 2009.

Madam Broh told The Informer Tuesday that her administration will not compromise the law, and is ready to enforce the Ordinance in the face of daunting challenges.

Ordinance Number #1 was passed by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) on October 27, 1975; it functions to effectively address the multifaceted problems of the Public Health and Sanitation confronting the City of Monrovia, which has faced tremendous growth and diversification over the years.

Since Friday, September 11, 2009, Madam Broh, along with her team of enthusiastic staff, has been distributing copies of the Ordinance at street corners and populated areas in the city.

Frequently diving in and out of her white brand new jeep marked 'Mayor-1', to distribute the 11-count regulation, has been warning the public, Monrovians in particular, that effective October 1, 2009, enforcement of the City Ordinance will take effect.

"It is challenging, but I like it," Madam Broh said when she was quizzed about the task of enforcing the Ordinance.

Madam Broh said those who fail to observe the Ordinance will face the full weight of the law, because they will be taken to court.

The ordinance is necessary because the sanitary conditions and appearance of Monrovia has grossly deteriorated the acting Mayor had said during her month-long sensitization campaign.

Besides, residents of Monrovia have called from time to time for improvement in the collection of garbage and the general appearance of the City, something which does not represent the capital of a nation.

The Ordinance, among others, prohibits street selling, selling on Sundays, littering, and construction of makeshift garages along the streets of the city and its suburbs.

It compels property owners to keep their properties (buildings, vacant and undeveloped lands) clean; while don owners are to keep their pets chained if they must to be confiscated. All of the 11 sessions of the Ordinance bears heavy fines ranging from a minimum fine of US$100 toUS$500.

SECTION 1 of the ordinance reads as follows: Garbage shall be disposed of ONLY at sites designated by the Monrovia City Corporation. The public shall be permitted to dispose of garbage at the said designated sites between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.; anyone who violates this provision shall be subject to a fine of U$100 for each offence.

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