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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