After 70 years of squatting, residents of Unification Town in Margibi County have finally and officially gotten legitimacy over their land as President George Manneh Weah presented deeds of the lands they are occupying on December 4, 2020.
Margibi County District #2 Representive, Ivar K. Jones, in his 3rd annual report on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, told over 5,000 constituents that the issues of legitimacy to the land is documented in the annals of history in Margibi District #2.
The Margibi lawmaker, who is an executive member of the leadership of the House of Representatives, in the capacity of co-chairman on Foreign Affairs Committee, said the petition of Unification Town Land Legitimacy was presented on February 20, 2020, and after investigations and consultations, the “land deed” was awarded.
In his report, Rep. Jones said during the year under review, the following were achieved: the bridge connecting Unification Town and Dolo Town, pavement of Unification Town Road, construction of additional classrooms at Charlesville Public School, District Scholarship and Disaster Management.
“In keeping with the applied sections of the Budget Law of Fiscal Year 2019/2020, the amount of US$79,000 was allotted for the construction of Unification Town and Dolo Town Bridge, Pavement of Unification Town Road and construction of additional classrooms at Charlesville Public School. Considering the amount, priority was given to the construction of Unification Town and Dolo Town bridge through the Bill of Quantities in the amount of US$121,230.06,” Rep. Jones clarified.
“On a visit to the construction site, l made a financial assistance request to the President with immediate effect instructed the Ministers of State for Presidential Affairs and the Finance and Development Planning to make available US$45,000 contribution for the bridge construction. US$25,000 of said amount was received and deposited in the County’s Account, while modalities are being worked out for the balance US$20,000,” the Margibi Lawmaker intoned.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jones said a 40-feet container of medical supplies and equipment from the US came to the country following his visit there in 2020.
The supplies were distributed by the Office of Margibi District #2 and the District Development Council to clinics including Barclay Farm Health Center, RIA Health Center, Karwah Memorial Health Center, Charlesville Heath Center, C.H. Rennie Hospital, Optimist Medical Clinic, and the Special Presidential Task Force on CIVID 19, among others.
The House co-chairman indicated in his 3rd annual report that as education remains pivotal to the growth and development of the District, the District Development Council reached a decision to direct portion of the 50% salary remittance to the construction of the Charlesville Public School annex to elevate it to senior high status.
“The annex is completed, delicated and currently in use,” Rep. Jones said.
For District scholarship, Margibi County District#2 office allotted US$11,996.43 that the District Development Council sees, and it benefited 207 students, while his personal scholarship under the umbrella of ‘Progressive Friends of Ivar K. Jones’ awarded scholarships to over 125 students in the tone of L$1,358,050.
The report included that Rep. Jones purchased and distributed over 600 bags of 25kg rice during the COVID 19 lockdown.