Gov’t To Build Peace Halls In 2 Maryland Towns
By John Bropleh, Maryland County Correspondent
HARPER, Feb 9 (LINA) -For the first time in over 300 years, the Liberian Government has embarked on two development projects in the remote Rock Town and Little Wlebo in Harper District, Maryland County, estimated at US$40,460.
The projects, a peace hall in the two towns estimated at US$20,230 each, are in appreciation of the gesture by residents of the two towns to provide 250 acres of land on which the Ivorian Refugee Camp was established in 2011.
Little Wlebo and Rock Town, which are twin towns, are said to have been established in 1704.
Since then, this is the first government project residents of the towns are benefitting from.
Making the disclosure Friday at separate ceremonies held in the areas, the Coordinator of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) for Maryland County, Mr. Harris Karneh, commended the people of both towns through whose consent the Government was able to host the 10,000 Ivorian refugees in the area.
He informed the citizens that the Government has decided to build a peace hall as a token of appreciation.
Mr. Karneh admonished them to use the facility, when completed in three months time, to sort out their differences and unite to give way to other development projects.
He also presented six bags of rice, two containers of cooking oil, two cartons of washing and bathing soap and a carton of gin, as well as two separate brown envelopes containing unspecified sums of money, to both towns.
In separate remarks after receiving the items and the money, the Clan Chiefs of Rock Town and Little Wlebo, Mr. G. Gray Elliott and Elijah Nelson, commended the Government through LRRRC for the offer, and promised to protect and always guide the 10,000 Ivorian refugees in the Camp.