Ocean Defense System For West Point ...Koijee Unveils Plan by Govt.
SOURCE: BY:EDWIN DOLO










The Government of Liberia through the  National Housing Authority (NHA) will shortly begin the process of  constructing an ocean defense system before upgrading the Township of  West Point with modern facilities.
This was disclosed on July 8 during Phase 3 of a consultative Townhall  meeting with residents and homeowners in the Township by Monrovia  Mayor Jefferson Koijee, who proxied for President George Manneh Weah.
He thanked NHA Managing Director Duannah Siryon, Representative  Solomon George of District #7 and West Point Commissioner William  Dennis for organizing the meetings that gather a cross section of West  Pointers, including elders, women and youth organizations.
Mayor Koijee informed the people that President Weah’s absence was due  to other state functions, but that the President had asked him to  reiterate his admiration for the resilience of people of West Point  and his desire to impact their lives.
Mayor Koijee told the West Pointers that the Government of Liberia has  decided to construct an ocean defense system similar to that currently  underway in the Borough of New Kru Town before upgrading the Township  with modern housing and other facilities in keeping with Dr. Weah’s  promise to inhabitants.
“President Weah wants improvement for the people of West Point and so  he mandated the NHA and other related players in the housing sector to  work together to upgrade the community as he President Weah considers  West Point as his heartbeat, giving the condition he once found  himself in,” Koijee said amidst cheers from residents at the meeting.
For his part, Commissioner Dennis asked Mayor Koijee to express appreciation to President Weah, whom he considers “a son of West  Point” for his decision to firstly electing the Township to provide  better living conditions for the people and possibly change the  community’s designation of a slum.
He also appreciated the NHA management, Representative George, the  elders’ council, women and youth organizations who continue to attend  the consultative meetings in the Township and indicated the  preparedness of residents and homeowners for the upgrading exercise.
Also speaking, Rep. George encouraged the two groups within the  Township (tenants and Homeowners) to be cooperative by processing all  legal documents in their possession while residents with squatter  rights should engage the commissioner’s office to be captured in the  data to make the enumeration exercise easier.
He said after said upgrading exercise processes are concluded  homeowners will be relocated from their respective transient locations  to a modern, revamped community under the Pro-Poor Agenda of government.
He urged residents of the peninsula to erase the fear of a forceful  eviction exercise as this Government wants to develop the land space  and bring back fishermen and those who are into other businesses for  their livelihood.
Representative George recommended to the NHA that community leaders be  allowed to get involved in the discussions about the future of West  Point that are held on the radio to adequately explain the nature of  the exercise to those directly affected.
In separate remarks, Mr. Willie Toe, Chairman of the Elders Council  appreciated the gathering and thanked President Weah for considering  the Township from among many other slum communities for upgrade and  expressed the council’s preparedness to work with the NHA in bringing  the exercise to a fruitful conclusion.

 
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