LIBERIA: Monrovia City Mayor wants US$4.4m to tackle Filth in the Capital, manage the City

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Monrovia City Mayor, John-Charuk Siafa has called for more financial allocation for effective and sustainable city management.
Mayor Siafa made the call during his appearance before the Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget of the 55th National Legislature on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 for his first budget hearing.
Mayor Siafa, speaking on behalf of the City of Monrovia, said sustainable waste management needs proper fiscal support, which the Monrovia City Corporation lacks and contributes significantly to the city’s present waste management dilemma.
He noted that in the fiscal year 2023 budget, ceiling for government direct support to the cleanliness of Monrovia under the clean cities budget was US$600,000 with a drastic reduction of US$400,000 in the 2024 fiscal budget.
He further revealed that data collected by the MCC indicates that to clean Monrovia City at 45%, the Monrovia City Corporation needs a total amount of US$2.8 million only for the collection, disposal, and management of waste within the city limits.
Mayor Siafa added that the CLUS project budgetary allocation and payment under the government of Liberia’s last fiscal year 2023 was US$750,000 as opposed to the required US$1.5 million support .
“For this fiscal year 2024, the ceiling projected for the CLUS project has instead declined immensely to US$500,000 instead of US$1.5 million as government agreed commitment to the project,” he indicated.
Mayor Siafa also lamented that if the government cannot live up to its agreed US$1.5 million commitment to the counterpart funding which he considers an error; there would be an eminent possibility for the CLUS project closure by the World Bank.
The youthful City Mayor told the legislators up Capitol Hill that the Monrovia City Corporation requires an actual US$11,023,583 for the City of Monrovia’s effective and proactive functionality.
He said this could potentially close the city’s current funding gap and support its cleanliness efforts, thereby improving Monrovia’s overall waste management.
Mayor Siafa said the MCC would provide US$2,813,032 from internal income collection towards its budget, while the national government needs to provide US$8,208,551, a vital sum that will improve the MCC’s functioning.
“However, the Monrovia City Corporation has US$3,777,965 in the 2024 draft national budget, which is far lower than the MCC’s entire budget forecast to meet personnel and clean city efforts,” he averred.
The MCC boss said this indicates that the institution needs an additional US$4,430,586 from the national government, as well as an internal income contribution of US$2,813,032 to equal its entire planned budget of US$11,021,583.
The MCC-approved budget for the fiscal year 2023 was set at US$4,654,415, with a US$3777,965 decrease in the proposed budget maximum for 2024, resulting in a difference of US$1,133,253, or 23%.
Mayor Siafa believes that without achieving the Monrovia City Corporation’s overall actual budget of US$11,023,583, the city authority will find it extremely difficult to address Monrovia’s waste management challenges, which does not bode well for the country and its people, given that Monrovia is the country’s capital.
He conscientiously called on lawmakers during the budget hearing to see a just reason to allocate the much-needed and deserving resources that will enable the Monrovia City Corporation to handle Monrovia’s affairs notably waste management.

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