Monrovia Acting City Mayor, Madam Mary T. Broh, has strongly warned government officials and businesses operating in the city to maintain a "clean and green" environment at all times. The tough talking city mayor said her greatest challenge is to get officials of government and foreign businesses to keep their surroundings clean.
"I really feel frustrated at times to see officials of government and businesses, particularly foreign ones refusing to abide by the City Ordinances and to simply keep their environment clean," she emphasized. According to a MCC press release, she was speaking during the weekend when she led a team of MCC staffs throughout the Tubman Boulevard on a regular clean-up exercise.
Madam Broh, who is generally referred to as the "General", the press release disclosed, told a team of journalists that "a clean environment creates healthy people and healthy people live long" therefore, it was important for residents of Monrovia to preserve the environment and abide by the city ordinances.
"Some government officials think they are above the laws, they have refused to pay a minimum fee for proper disposal of their garbage," the "General" is quoted as saying. At the same time, the Monrovia acting City Mayor, has warned properties' owners to begin painting and cleaning their buildings starting from now to December 10, 2012 or risk legal action.
The MCC Sanitation, Environment, City Planning and Monitoring teams were in the field over the weekend cleaning huge pile of garbage from street corners, business houses and surrounding communities. The old Drugs Enforcement Authority building on Capitol Hill was a great scene of massive clean-up and a nearby densely populated community called "God Bless You" adjacent UNMIL Headquarters also benefited from the exercise while several homes as well as business houses were fined for unsanitary conditions including" the lack of bathrooms, illegal dumpsites, among others.
Madam Broh attributed the lack of proper sanitary condition and a clean environment to the many health problems faced by residents in Monrovia. City Ordinance #: 1 warns that "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 subjected to a fine of $100.00 for each offence".
"The Monrovia City Corporation shall have the sole responsibilities for, and to ensure the proper collection and disposal of garbage within the limits of the City of Monrovia, so as to enhance not only the beautification and orderliness of the City, but also for conducive sanitation and healthy environment, food and water condition for its residents in accordance with Municipal Regulations on Public Health and Environmental Safety Law, "INSPECTION AND SEIZURE OF FOODSTUFFS".
Accordingly, any Health Inspector of the Monrovia City Corporation may at any time between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. enter any shop, store, or premises and examine (i) any animal or carcass intended for human food, or human use whether for sale, or preparation for sale, (ii) any item whether solid or liquid, intended for human food or human use, or exposed for sale or deposited in any public place for sale or for the purpose of preparation for sale.
Meanwhile, the Monrovia acting City Mayor has commended community dwellers and residents of Monrovia for cooperating with the MCC team in order to ensure a "clean and green" environment. She, however, frowned on government officials and some foreign businesses for deliberately refusing to keep their environment and surrounding clean and have as well refused to pay fines and municipal taxes.