TLC Africa 2009

Pictures from Monrovia Clean up Day

(Monrovia-Liberia): May 2, 2009

Front-end loader at work on Monrovia Clean Up Day

President Sirleaf chatting with Mayoral nominee Mary Broh during clean up exercise

President Sirleaf helping to dispose of garbage on Monrovia Clean Up Day
President Sirleaf leads charge on Monrovia Clean Up Day


Monrovia Clean up Day

(Monrovia-Liberia): May 2, 2009 – A campaign to give Liberia’s capital city, Monrovia, a facelift, kicked off Saturday with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf joining hundreds of citizens and other residents to clean the city. The President joined hundreds of volunteers and other members of the Special Presidential Task Force as they disposed of garbage and other waste materials around the city and its environs.

In an interview with reporters, the President said the exercise was intended to get people in the habit of cleaning their neighborhoods and surroundings to ensure that the city is kept clean. The President said she was encouraged by the response of the citizens, and noted that it will take a while for all residents to grasp the true essence of the exercise, adding, this is something new.

“It will be resisted for a while; change always brings resistance, but you just have to keep trying until people are sensitized and see the benefits, where their children will be in better health; the environment will look better; their city, they will be proud of; so we just have to keep at it,” an Executive Mansion release quotes the President as saying.

Saturday’s clean up exercise marked the beginning of a campaign to clean Monrovia on the first Saturday of each Month, in keeping with a Presidential Proclamation issued last week.

All private and public businesses in and around Monrovia excluding hospitals and other life saving institutions were ordered closed for four hours from 6:00am to 10:00 am, as residents joined in the clean up exercise.

Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has directed a survey on the premises housing the Ducor Palace Hotel in Monrovia. The survey, the Liberian leader said must be conducted no later than Saturday, May 9, 2009. In a meeting Saturday with residents of the Ducor Community, the President said, Government believes in dialogue and compromise, but will not allow a few people to stand in the way of development. The President spoke of employment and other economic benefits the rehabilitation of the facility will bring to the people of the area, and urge residents to cooperate with Government. “If you cooperate, everything will be fine,” the Liberian assured the residents.

The President’s meeting with the Ducor residents followed media reports that the residents had planned to resist any attempt by Government to evict them from the premises.

A spokesman for the residents, Andrew Ngolle, denied the reports and assured the President that they have no intention of impeding the development efforts of Government. “We support your Government and stand with you,” Mr. Ngolle said, promising that the residents will cooperate with Government as it undertakes the re-survey of the area.

Libya has agreed to undertake the renovation and rehabilitation of the Ducor Palace Hotel.