February 28, 2013
H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of Liberia
Dear Madam President:
I am pleased to present my compliments and by this communication highlight to you the progress and key achievements realized by me since my incumbency as Acting Mayor of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) from June 10, 2009 to February 22, 2013, the date of my indefinite suspension by you.
A remarkable accomplishment has been improvements in the internal revenue generation of the MCC from US$.5M in 2009 to US$1.2M in 2012 through the injection of better internal controls.
Furthermore Madam President, through enhanced coordination with the donor community, the MCC again under my leadership has benefited from the following support.
1.0 Solid Waste Management (SWM)
This activity is the principal municipal service delivery function of the MCC. I met a 20-25% collection coverage but now coverage is 55-60% due to a host of factors that were pursued and introduced by me. These include but are not limited to following.
Approval by the World Bank of the US$18.4M Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation (EMUS) Project Grant for expanded solid waste collection in Monrovia.
Approval by the Gates Foundation of a US$5M Grant Proposal on Improved Primary Waste Collection in the Poor Communities of Monrovia for increased access of the urban poor to door-to-door waste collection services
Construction and introduction of two (2) waste transfer stations in the Monrovia Solid Waste Management system for rapid collection and disposal of secondary waste from the city center and environs.
Setting up of a designated Solid Waste Management Account with a commercial bank for the long term sustainability of waste collection in Monrovia.
Acquisition of additional funding of US$4M from the International Development Agency of the World Bank Group through a 40 year soft loan arrangement.
2.0 Sanitation and Environmental Health
This activity represents the second most municipal service delivery function of the MCC and we were able to realize the construction of public sanitation centers in poor communities with donor funding from OXFAM and CSR funding from Chevron Liberia and TOTAL and APM Terminals. At the moment we have received approval of a US$1.4M equivalent grant from the African Water Facility (AWF) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to be effective March 2013.
3.0 City Planning and Services
Under this activity, in partnership with the private sector the MCC has introduced City Street Parking Services in the City's Business District (CBD) and immediate environs thereby reducing congestion and facilitating a free flow of vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement. Additionally, with CSR support from corporate donors, the MCC has established the Monrovia Central Park, which will be completed soon to enhance recreational services for the City's residents. Chevron has provided the MCC a second tranche of CSR funding to complete the park.
4.0 Institutional Reform and Capacity Development
Upon assumption of office as the Acting Mayor, I was granted a study tour of the City of Accra, Ghana organized by the World Bank to enable me observe street selling, solid waste management (SWM) and slum upgrading. Additionally, under my leadership the below support has been obtained by the MCC.
Situational Study of Slum Conditions in Monrovia and the Options for Upgrading and Prevention. This was funded by Cities Alliance.
Capacity support from USAID in terms of immediate logistics and funding of technical assistance by IBI.
Capacity support from the World Bank in terms of a short term Governance Adviser to assist the Office of the Mayor to improve responsiveness of the MCC on issues related to the core functions of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).
An Organizational Audit and Restructuring of MCC was undertaken and completed with funding sourced from the World Bank.
Financial Audit and Restructuring of MCC has been undertaken and completed with funding from the World Bank.
Over 50 staff members have been provided training through both in and out of country training opportunities. I am delighted, Madam President, that with the confidence you have reposed in me throughout these years, with the diligence of the staff of the Monrovia City Corporation, with the help from the international community, with the cooperation from local businesses, and, significantly, with the positive support of the majority of the residents of Monrovia, we have been moving in the right direction to make this city, our capital city, a better place to live.
I have strived to help make Monrovia an example of urban transformation that would be a model for other cities in Liberia and Africa. The task is far from done. Although the living standards of the city's residents have improved during my tenure, there remains much to be done.
We are far below international standards and must therefore work incessantly and vigorously to make things better here in Monrovia.
As a patriot, I consider it a privilege to serve our people. I have sought to demonstrate my patriotism by delivering on the responsibility given me. For that reason, I have presented to you above a summary of achievements of the MCC under my leadership.
Today, tension permeates the atmosphere between the Legislative and Executive branches of Government and I honestly do not want to be a source of conflict between the Legislature and the Executive.
Therefore, Madam President, I hereby tender my resignation as Acting Mayor of the MCC.
Most respectfully submitted,
Mary T. Broh