President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Dedicates 52 Housing Units in Marshall
MONROVIA, September 8 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated 52 modern and affordable housing units, constituting Phase One, at the new Ben Town Housing Estate, lower Margibi County.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader, speaking at the dedicatory ceremony, stressed that the initiative is a dream come true for the Government and people of Liberia.
“Many times,” she said, “it is not what the government can do; but what you can start that will enable the government to encourage you. You are just an example of that and we want to ask other people to look at your example. This is an example of what it takes to build our country," President Sirleaf indicated.
Presenting keys to five of the 22 owners, who have already paid for units, the Liberian President assured them of government's commitment to provide safe drinking water and electricity to the housing estate and called on the Ministry of Health to begin a process of finding a place to construct a small clinic for the residents of Ben Town and its environs.
She urged the management of National Housing Authority (NHA) to construct more of such housing units, especially for low income earners in other counties to alleviate the serious housing problem facing ordinary Liberians.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Amara Konneh, in a special statement, thanked the Liberian Chief Executive and the NHA Managing Director for a job well done and informed the NHA management that US$2 million has been placed in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget for the construction of additional low cost housing units.
"When we all come together as a team, the sky is our limit,” he emphasized.
For his part, the NHA Managing Director, Mr. Samuel Wulu, thanked President Sirleaf for the support in making the day a reality.
The “affordable housing units” which comprise three-bedrooms, two bathrooms, one living room, back and front porches is situated on a half lot of land.
The construction of the 52 units is the first phase which started in September 2014.
A unit costs US$20,000 through a mortgage process subsidized by government at an interest rate of seven percent over a ten-year period.
The units, which comprise modern architecturally-designed houses, were constructed by six implementing partners - exclusively Liberian-owned construction companies.
The second phase is expected to begin shortly after the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission completes its process with the construction of additional 52 affordable housing units.
The total cost of the project is put at US$4.2 million.
Plans are also afoot to construct additional housing units around the country beginning with Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County to be completed before next year’s Independence Anniversary celebrations scheduled to be co-hosted by Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland Counties. Other units are to be constructed on Wehn Town, Paynesville City.