-Becomes Monrovia City Mayor
By Lassana F. Donzo
The Liberian Senate has confirmed Mayor-designate of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), Jefferson T. Koijee.
Koijee’s confirmation has provided him the opportunity to succeed Clara Doe- Mvogo who served for nearly five years after former MCC’s revolutionary mayor, Mary T. Broh.
According to information available, Koijee is the first Mayor to be confirmed by the Liberian Senate since the end of the Liberian 14-yearcivil war.The Senate declined to confirm Mary T. Broh and her successor, Clara Mvogo, after the body felt disenchanted over circumstances surrounding Madam Broh’s conduct.
All members of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs and Good Governance unanimously signed to confirm him.
His confirmation characterized by an articulate presentation before the Senate’s Committee on Internal Affairs and Good Governance Friday, February 9, 2018.
At the hearing, Koijee, an influential Youth Whig Leader of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), promised to run a participatory system at the MCC.
He told the Senators that “every citizen regardless of his/ her political, religious and tribal differences would be involved in the transformation and governance of the City, especially in maintaining of its beautification”.
”Team work, inclusive of the involvement of the people living on the margin of society is the surest way to improve and impact a developing Monrovia”.
Chief amongst Koijee promises was to launch a “180 day clean and green City Campaign” with support from the government and Partners. This, he noted, will help maintain cleanliness of Monrovia and provide job opportunities for young people who will be recruited from communities and universities.
The project he noted will be implemented in every community of Monrovia and environs, especially the densely populated commercial hub of Duala.
With respect to keeping central Monrovia clean, Mayor Koijee said, he will work with members of the Legislature to revisit city law to conform to current day realities.
Meanwhile, the youthful Mayor concluded that he will work with relevant agencies and authorizes, including the Ministry of Public Works to protect Zoning laws and promised to partner with the police to protect lives and properties within the city limit.