Grand Kru Lawmaker to Construct ’60 Free Housing Units’ for Aging Citizens

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There are not many concrete houses in Sasstown and Barclayville in Grand Kru County. Actually, the majority of the houses are made from mud bricks, including the popular thatched-roof houses.

With a report by USA Today (a daily newspaper in the United States) saying that as a result of climate change, cold weather is 20 times as deadly as hot weather, and in an effort to promote infrastructure development in Grand Kru County, District # 2 Rep. J. Fonati Koffa has said that before December 2018, he will begin the construction of 10 housing units for aging citizens in his district.

Each housing unit, he said, will boast at least 2-bedrooms, a bathroom, living and dining room, and a kitchen and porch.

Rep. Koffa told journalists yesterday that starting this year, 10 housing units will be constructed, and will continue over the next six years for a total of 60 houses, with each unit estimated at US$3,500.

Koffa said the housing units will be constructed by his organization, Arteenah (a Kru vernacular meaning, ‘This is our time’), after technical assessment by the Leymah Gbowee Peace Foundation in March.

The Grand Kru County lawmaker said the construction of the housing units is in fulfillment of his electoral campaign promise and his visit to the United States, where he met with some of his constituents and development partners.

“Education and housing units are the two major priorities in my district,” Cllr. Koffa said.

To Train and Pay Teachers

To tackle the massive failure of students in his district, Cllr. Koffa said he will introduce an educational reform package that would include the training of rural teachers and providing additional teaching materials and special incentives to them.

The Four Resolutions

Meanwhile, on Thursday, March 1, the Joint Committee on Judiciary, Claims and Petition; Lands, Mines and Energy; and Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning as well as the Joint Committee on Judiciary, Claims and Petition and Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning are expected to report on four resolutions submitted by Rep. Koffa amending certain provisions of the Liberian Constitution, including citizenship and land ownership.

The titles of the four resolutions are Citizenship Amendment, Property Amendment, Qualifications I Amendment and Qualification II Amendment.

On Thursday, February 8 – the 8th day sitting – the House’s Plenary mandated the Joint Committees to review and report.

The Citizen Amendment aims to remove the “discriminatory” Negro clause and open citizenship to any race, while at the same time defining natural born Liberians and allowing them to have dual citizenship. The amendment will upset Articles 27 and 28 of the Liberian Constitution.

The purpose of the Property Amendment is to allow non-citizens to own property, with certain restrictions. The amendment will affect Article 22, where the entire article will be deleted and a new Article 22 will be written to read: “Every Liberian citizen shall have the right to own property, as well as in association with others”; and also, “Non-Liberians may own property under the restrictions.”

The Qualification I Amendment is intended to restrict certain elected offices to natural born Liberian citizens as the term may be defined in the constitution. The amendment will be made to Article 30, and will read: “Natural born citizens of Liberia who meet the following qualifications are eligible to become members of the Legislature.”

In addition to the restriction that only natural born citizens are eligible to become members of the legislature, Qualification II Amendment restricts the appointment of Supreme Court justices to natural born citizens.

This amendment will be made to Article 68.

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