President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Monday, January 27, assured citizens that paved roads in all communities were definitely be a part of her 2014 agenda for the transformation of Liberia’s infrastructure.
According to the President, a number of communities in the country were suffering as a result of bad roads and rights-of-ways congested by illegal structures blocking the main streets.
“In order to enforce our zoning ordinances and laws, all illegal structures built within the rights-of-ways of existing and future road corridors will be removed. I have also instructed the Ministry of Public Works to demolish all structures on Tubman Boulevard that violate pedestrian pavement safety and the Zoning Laws. Those who, for personal gain, have allowed the defacing of our prime corridor will face the brunt of their illegal and corrupt practices,” said the President.
According to President Sirleaf, the pavement of community roads and demolitions preceding them are intended to create free links to all streets. She made it clear that viable options were in the works for those who would be evicted from their homes.
“We recognize the challenges throughout the country for affordable housing, and in this regard, are pleased to report that plans are near completion for a 500-unit housing complex near the University of Liberia Fendell Campus, with support from the Government of Equatorial Guinea as a show of solidarity among African nations. The housing situation at West Point, which accommodates 31,000 citizens, demands a long-delayed response. Architectural design is under way to address this problem for which your approval will be sought through budgetary allocation in the next fiscal year,” the President explained.
She further stated that the demolitions by the Ministry of Public Work, would also affect rural areas including Ganta, Voinjama, Gbarnga, and other communities and residents in all parts of the nation to further the agenda for transformation.
The Ministry of Public Works is yet to be contacted concerning the demolitions exercises and the pavement of roads the President stated was set to begin this year.