West Point erosion victims were told yesterday that the National Housing Authority (NHA) will complete 100 duplexes for 100 families at their new location in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.
During a meeting yesterday at the Monrovia City Hall, the residents selected a duplex per family head after Mr. Prince Wreh, NHA Deputy Managing Director for Administration (DMA), made a presentation of photos of houses that they were invited to select from.
Wreh said the homes will be built on 50 acres by next July and because they are being built on land that belongs to the government, deeds for the homes will be held by the National Housing Authority (NHA) for a couple of years.
“When you take over your house,” Wreh said, “you will not be allowed to build churches, mosques and markets in any place because you want to,” Wreh advised, adding that there will be plots allocated for building churches, mosques, markets, clinics, playgrounds, schools and other facilities.
Earlier, NHA Managing Director Sam Wlue told the gathering that the Authority has secured US$1. 2 million to complete the project and reaffirmed that the new homes will be completed by next July, before the rainy season.
“The NHA is having this interactive discussion with you so that you can make a contribution to what the government is doing for you,” Mr. Wlue said. He encouraged companies in the township to take advantage of procurement processes to benefit from the construction of the duplexes.
Information Minister Len Eugene Nagbe told the gathering that West Point Township holds an important place in his heart, since he spent time there as a youth. He, however, encouraged those who claimed that they are unwilling to be resettled away from the township because of the time they have spent there to change their minds.
“Society evolves and therefore we must learn to adapt to situations of such nature,” Minister Nagbe said. “We are faced daily with cases of erosion and therefore it is important that everyone works along with the government regarding the provision of these future homes in Brewerville,” he said in response to a resident who felt she could not resettle elsewhere because her family had been residing in the township for a long time.
Nagbe said if past governments had initiated a similar resettlement, “We would not be talking about this situation today.” He admitted that since the 60s, Liberia has faced difficulties that made it challenging to get things done for the people.
He appealed to Liberians, particularly those he described as ‘unreasonable critics,’ to be cognizant of the efforts being made by the current government to begin projects that will be completed by a future government.
Nagbe called on Liberian critics to show a sense of appreciation and recognize President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s determination to ease problems facing the country. “It’s so easy to criticize, and we forget the good things when bad things happen,” he said.
Instead of unnecessary criticisms, Liberians should be talking about how projects being initiated by the current government will be completed after the current administration is out of office.
Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo told the gathering about President Sirleaf’s interest to provide adequate facilities for all Liberians, and called on the beneficiaries to work with the government and the National Housing Authority to get their homes completed on time.
Earlier, Bishop George Harris, Chairman of the NHA Board of Directors, welcomed the participants and assured them that all is being done to provide them with decent homes in Brewerville.
During the discussion, West Point residents expressed gratitude to the government and noted that there are many more residents who are affected by the erosion who also should be accommodated. They were told that conclusions reached during the meeting will form part of the agreement to work with in their interest.
Some of the victims are presently housed in temporary zinc shelters in VOA, near Brewerville, the site of the new homes.