Relocate – not Remove – Industrial Park Residents’

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Objections to the decision by the Executive Branch of government to remove thousands of residents from the Industrial Park continue to grow, with the latest coming from the first branch of government, the Legislature.

Liberia’s Senate Pro Tempore has suggested that instead of forcibly removing Industrial Park residents, the government should either relocate the park or construct a low cost housing unit for its residents “since they have resided there for decades.”

In an interview over the weekend, Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah warned that forcibly removing the residents “at this point in time” is not the best solution to the problem.

“Since it is now established that over 40,000 people are residing in the area, it is the responsibility of the national government to cater to its citizens,” he said.

Although he agreed that the residents have lived in the park illegally for many years, he, however, cautioned government to exercise maximum restraint.

The Gbarpolu lawmaker promised to plead with the leadership of the Legislature and the Executive to help find the best solution for the residents.

Recently, the Minister of Public Works, Gyude Moore, announced government’s resolve to demolish all structures in the park without compensating the residents.
Minister Moore was not, however, specific on the actual date of the demolition exercise.

Meanwhile the threatened residents of the Chicken Soup Factory, situated along Somalia Drive, have presented several petitions to the National Legislature calling on government to call off the demolition of their dwellings.

It can be recalled that the Supreme Court of Liberia recently ruled in favor of the Executive Branch’s decision to remove the residents under the Doctrine of Eminent Domain.

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