Lawmakers Want Zoning Laws Enforced
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe, LINA
MONROVIA, September 16 (LINA) - Members of the House of Representatives have underscored the need for the Ministry of Public Works to robustly enforce the Zoning Laws of Liberia to contain flooding that continues to wreak havoc annually.
The lawmakers, including Clarence Massaquoi, Haja Siryon, Larry Youngquoi, Johnson Chea and Acarous Gray, said the ministry should demolish structures built in waterways in communities to help avert flooding.
The legislators made the call in regular session Tuesday during deliberation on a communication to Speaker J. Alex Tyler by Munah Youngblood, bringing to the attention of her colleagues the situation of flooding that has become commonplace in some parts of Liberia during heavy downpour.
According to the lawmakers, when the waterways are cleared, there will be free flow of water through drainages, reducing the threat of flooding that often leads to homelessness and destruction of property.
They expressed fear that if the situation is not curtailed as soon as possible, it could trigger serious health problems to the detriment of the population.
Meanwhile, Plenary has mandated the House Committee on Public Works to liaise with the Ministry of Public Works to put in place measures aimed at addressing the zoning problems and report in two weeks.