Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has officially opened the National Housing Policy workshop for its Housing Policy validation process.
At the Thursday, April 17 ceremony, VP Boakai expressed gratitude for the great effort put into the policy crafting enterprise, which cumulated into a Draft National Housing Policy.
VP Boakai stressed the government’s commitment to ensuring the improvement of Liberia through the provision of a program that would provide more accommodation for needy citizens.
“This is squarely in consideration of the reality that housing constitutes one of the four basic requirements for human survival, including clothes, food, and dignity, that are critical to human rights issue.”
VP Boakai explained that the government is aware that a shortage of housing has always been a serious problem over the years in this country—a situation that was compounded by the civil crisis in Liberia.
“We want to register thanks to the National Housing Authority and all of the key actors in the sector who have pushed the policy formulation process to the level we recognize today.”
VP Boakai called on the public to always appreciate the efforts of the government—making salaries and other benefits available for better livelihood, especially under difficult circumstances.
According to VP Boakai, the government is working with other actors to formulate strategies and approaches to tackle the twin-problem of affordability and accessibility that has long impeded the progress of housing in the country.
The National Housing Policy workshop brought together officials of government and UN partners, including the chairman of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, Chief Zanzan Karwor; and Clara Doe Mvrogo, of the Monrovia City Corporation.
The Managing Director of the National Housing Authority, Mr. Samuel Thompson, said Liberia had a coherent housing policy, but lost the chance to make the most of that opportunity.
He explained, “This has resulted in inefficient land use, unresponsive markets, very poor functionality of shelter, and minimal construction skills, among other issues.”
Mr. Thompson expressed thanks to the committee of the National Housing Policy and other partners for the roles in ending some of the difficulties faced by the housing sector in the country.