By Leroy M. Sonpon III
The Peace Island Community, popularly known as ‘540,’ in Congo Town is headed for a borough status, through an Act approved by the House of Representatives.
The Act was approved into law by members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 6.
The House passed the Act based on a report by the Joint Committee on Judiciary, Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Internal Affairs.
“Taking into consideration the rapid growth in population, about thirty-eight thousand (38,000) inhabitants on Peace Island as well as infrastructure development such as schools, clinics, recreation centers, churches, and mosques; and realizing that these residents are peaceful Liberian citizens and have lived on the Peace Island in the Township of Congo Town for the past 20 years, we therefore, crave the indulgence of the plenary to pass this Act into law,” the Joint Committee’s report said.
If the law is concurred by the Senate and attested to by the President, the borough shall be headed by a Governor, who will be appointed by the President.
It will have a nine-member council to have geographical balance and be subject to elections for a period of four years, and a Magisterial Court will be established for its administration.
The Act was sponsored by Montserrado County District # 10 Representative Julius Berrian.
Rep. Berrian told reporters that the creation of the Borough of Peace Island is meant to buttress government’s efforts to implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).
The lawmaker said “it is an inevitable need for the creation of the Borough of Peace Island Community in order to enhance the livelihood of the more than 38,000 persons” resident there.