Less than a week after she tendered her letter of resignation, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reappointed former acting Monrovia City Mayor Mary Broh to another position.
The Liberian leader named Madam Broh as head of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for the Omega Village in Paynesville for which plans are being finalized to accommodate all of the services required by a community.
That project, which has lingered for close to three years, will now get what it needs to get it done and to move forward.
Madam Broh resigned after she was charged for obstructing the arrest of suspended Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpaan recently.
In her letter of resignation to President Sirleaf, Madam Broh detailed the scope of her service to the City of Monrovia and the resources she was able to mobilize from international entities in support of her many achievements.
She told the president that her remarkable accomplishment was the 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.
Madam Broh commented on how she improved the solid waste management activities. The former acting Mayor revealed that she met 20-25% collection coverage but now coverage is 55-60% due to a host of factors that were pursued and introduced by her.
She said due to her performance, the World Bank approved US$18.4M Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation (EMUS) Project Grant for expanded solid waste collection in Monrovia, and the Gates Foundation provided a US$5 million 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.
Madam Broh revealed the acquisition of additional funding of US$4 million from the International Development Agency of the World Bank Group through a 40-year soft loan arrangement.
Commenting on Madam Broh's resignation, the President believes that the former acting city mayor got the job done despite various opinions about her approach to the job.
"We will all miss the dynamism, commitment and integrity of Mary Broh who worked tirelessly and passionately to transform the City of Monrovia. From constructing the boulevard on Broad Street to beautify the City Center, to fencing the Palm Grove Cemetery to bring dignity to the dead, Mary's prints are so indelibly placed on our Capital that she will not soon be forgotten," the president said.
In addition to her performance, the president noted that as a result of her efforts, Liberians now have a clean and refurbished City Hall, a place where all citizens can proudly hold their functions.
President Sirleaf: "Mary will also be remembered for putting on her jeans and her cap on the first Saturday of every month, to personally engage and work with citizens in cleaning their communities. And today, the phrase "Mary Broh Saturday" has become etched in all of our minds, as we obey the Ordinance on "Monrovia Clean-Up Day".
Before she took on the challenge of transforming the City, Madam Broh restructured the Passport Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ensuring a more effective service. She later reformed the procedures of how goods left the Freeport of Monrovia, thereby effectively reducing theft and exploitation.
"Mary's methods may not have pleased everyone, but there can be very little argument that she got the job done. Because of her hard work, Monrovia is turning into a city comparable with others in our sub-region".
However, some Liberians who see the appointment of Mary Broh as head of the Project Implementation Unit as an affront to the National Legislature, are requesting the arrest and subsequent incarceration of the former acting city mayor.