The Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Jefferson T. Koijee, has said inadequate housing for the poor and public transportation remain major challenges facing the city government of Monrovia.

Addressing dignitaries and stakeholders at the 2018 African Cities Sustainability Forum held in the city of Tshwane in South Africa recently, Koijee said the city government of Monrovia lacks the capacity to also adequately address the issue of solid waste.

 

He named lack of waste collection equipment, human resource capacity building, finance, manpower to enforce city ordinances, among others, as challenges facing the city government of Monrovia.

Koijee then appealed to the Mayor of Tshwane and the Government of South Africa to help his entity with fire trucks and ambulances to be used by the Monrovia City Corporation, as Monrovia is vulnerable to fire disasters and life threatening diseases.

The Monrovia City Mayor, at the same time, stressed the need for governments in Africa to privatize solid waste management in order to alleviate such burden from city governments, adding, “It is a burden on both the central and city governments to shoulder the responsibility of waste collection with little or no recycling or waste energy.”

He observed that most cities in Africa, including Monrovia, heavily depend on foreign aid due to economic constraints, noting that the World Bank is the major donor of the city government of Monrovia.

The Monrovia Mayor disclosed that the World Bank is providing the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) aid in the amount of US$10.5 million to construct a new landfill and the purchase of waste collection equipment, noting that “cities are the hubs of sustainability; once they are supported, they can change the dynamics.”

The MCC boss observed that plastic waste is gradually taking over the oceans in Africa, thereby leading to increased water pollution in the region and the world, and warned that if not tackled in a timely manner, it has the propensity to destroy the marine resources.

In remarks, Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga encouraged his colleagues at the forum to begin solving their problems using “the African way of solving our issues.”

The African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum is a community of mayors from capital cities across the continent, according to a press release issued in Monrovia.

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