Ganta City Council Demands Flat Roofs on Main Street

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The Ganta City Council (GCC) in conjunction with the city corporation has begun enforcing a policy that compels people building on the main street to erect flat roofs.
The decision, according to Ganta City Council Chairman, Amos Saye Gbatu, was made prior to the road reaching Ganta.
The enforcement, however, is taking effect in the wake of CHICO reaching Ganta with the road construction work. The ordinance has sparked a high level of euphoria not only among personnel of the local authority but also among the public.
Mr. Gbatu indicated that the GCC remains consistent and forceful in implementing the new regulation, adding that there is another regulation in the offing. He spoke in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend in Ganta.
He emphasized that the decision, when implemented, will give a better facelift to the city as development unfolds.
He said they empathize with residents especially businesspeople for the stress associated with the regulation and the ongoing road work.
Said Mr. Gbatu, development does not come easily, stressing that it requires all to endure pain.
Presuming that there may be some people refusing to comply, he asserted that the GCC has lawyers to deal with anyone failing to comply with the regulation.
He warned that those without the capacity or refusing to comply should leave their land vacant, but should not erect any structure that is not a flat roof on the main street.
Part of the main street now occupied by flat roof buildings stretches from the Monrovia parking to Guinea Road intersection where the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) is located.
As for the street leading from the turning point to LPMC and then Saclepea Highway, Mr. Gbatu said “We are going step by step and when the time comes, those along that line will see reason to begin doing the same when they see that one side of the city is given a facelift.”
He added that when the government begins constructing the road from Ganta to the Southeast, residents along that street would already be adjusted to the regulation and will start to undertake projects in line with the city ordinance.
Amid the enforcement, many entrepreneurs in Ganta have registered their willingness to erect flat roofs on the main street, with Madison Gausi of the Wingus Business Center vigorously constructing one of the flat roof buildings.
In a related development, the pavement of the road leading from Ganta to Yekepa through Saniquellie is underway as the Senegalese company, CSE, has begun moving its equipment along the highway.
There is also a road beginning at the main street of Ganta to Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland Counties.
This highway, sometimes referred to as the Ganta-Harper Highway, was undergoing construction from 1984 to the beginning of the Liberian civil crisis in 1989.
The work was abandoned due to the civil crisis that ended in 2003, except for the segment beginning from Fishtown, River Gee County to Maryland that is undergoing construction with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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