Pres. Sirleaf Frowns On Violation of Zoning Laws
MONROVIA, Jan 28 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that in order to enforce the zoning ordinances and laws, all illegal structures built within the rights-of-ways of existing and future road corridors will be removed.
She has also instructed the Ministry of Public Works to demolish all structures on Tubman Boulevard that violate pedestrian pavement safety and the Zoning Laws.
The President said although hundreds of ‘Stop Work and Removal Orders’ were issued in Monrovia, developers and builders continue to ignore the rules of engagement, by constructing without the approval and permission required by the government.
The Liberian leader was speaking Monday when she delivered her ninth State of the Nation address before the Third Session of the 53rd National Legislature on the theme: “Consolidating the Processes of Transformation”.
She observed that there has been “less than satisfactory” progress on the enforcement of the Zoning Laws and land-use planning regulations.
“Those who, for personal gain, have allowed the defacing of our prime corridor will face the brunt of their illegal and corrupt practices,” She said.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has disclosed that plans are near completion for a 500-unit housing complex near the University of Liberia Fendell Campus, with support from the Government of Equatorial Guinea as a show of solidarity among African nations.
She also said the housing situation at West Point, which accommodates 31,000 citizens, demands a long-delayed response and that architectural design is under way to address this problem for which Legislative approval will be sought through budgetary allocation in the next fiscal year.
Construction or rehabilitation of new facilities at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center in Paynesville is nearing completion, but we have experienced delays in rehabilitation or construction of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, a new Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, and expansion of facilities at the Capitol Building Complex.
These delays, which include land ownership and long-standing contractual arrangements and depositor rights, have also delayed reconstruction of important public facilities, including Ducor Hotel, Hotel Africa, the National Housing & Savings Bank Building, and the E.J. Roye Building.
“We can no longer accept these claims and delays, and will move, with court action or otherwise, as required, to complete these works,” the President said.
She noted that large holdings of urban land have also delayed the development of Liberian cities, a situation that must be addressed through the draft Act that provides the process for implementing the constitutional right of eminent domain.