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MIA Assesses Habitat Needs Of Gbarnga City
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MIA National Consultant Ellen Pratt




MIA Assesses Habitat Needs Of Gbarnga City
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, December 17 (LINA) – The Internal Affairs Ministry Wednesday conducted a one-day assessment of the habitat needs of Gbarnga City.

The MIA National Consultant coordinating the writing of the country’s third report on habitat, Ellen Pratt, said the one-day consultative meeting is aimed at evaluating the city’s urban development challenges in order to include it in the country’s report to be presented to the international community as one of the priorities of the Liberian people.

Addressing participants of the forum at the Gbarnga Administrative Building, Madam Pratt indicated that the habitat report will also highlight key national priorities including those identified in Gbarnga.

The participants, who were drawn from a cross-section of the society, flagged the issue of land dispute, lack of adequate banking facilities in the city and the completion of the county’s technical college, among others, as key issues that need to be addressed.

According to Pratt, the Gbarnga document will be validated before forming part of the national report that will be submitted to partners for support.

The sub-national consultations discuss key development priorities and the six thematic areas of the habitat which include urban demography, land and urban planning and environment and urbanization; urban governance and legislation, urban economy, housing and basic services.

The reports from the 1996 and 2006 national consultations helped to influence development across the country through the creation of a land commission, housing policy and other changes that have taken place in urban settlements over the years.

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