Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee is in the United States of America extensively sourcing goodwills from cities that would engender empowerment, development and education for residents of the City of Monrovia in the medium to long term.
As part of this effort, Mayor Koijee held conversations with the Mayor of Winston-Salem, in North Carolina, Mayor Allen Joines, an American politician credited for his immense assistance to Liberia particularly during heydays of the onslaught of the Ebola Virus Disease.
Mayor Joines made available resources from the city’s two major health centers and relief efforts through the organization, Samaritan Purse.
The Mayor of Monrovia and his counterpart exchanged pleasantries on Wednesday, during a visit that included a trip by the Monrovian Mayor to local places of significance to the history shared by the City of Winston-Salem and the African country.
During his brief visit to the mayor’s office, Koijee announced plans to name a new city library after Joines, in honor of assistance the city has given to the country, especially when the country was stricken with an outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014.
Koijee said Joines has also been a supporter of Liberian education.
After the courtesy call at the mayor’s office, Koijee was scheduled to visit the historic marker on Liberia Street that notes how 23 Black residents of Winston-Salem migrated to Liberia in 1836, with 17 of them formerly enslaved on a plantation that stood in what is now Happy Hill.
With the Monrovian Mayor was Olu Browne, the president of the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont, and James Y. Hunder Sr., the founding president and board chairman of the group. After visiting Happy Hill, the group planned to see St. Philips Moravian Church in Old Salem.
On Thursday, Koijee and George S.W. Patten Sr., the Liberian ambassador to the U.S., will be in Salisbury for the establishment of a sister-city relationship between Salisbury and Monrovia
These international engagements are expected to yield mammoth dividends as the Mayor of Monrovia seeks to find sustainable ways to improve the living conditions of residents of Monrovia through education, health, economic empowerment and green environment.