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The national director of the Organization for the Social Integration of Liberian Deaf (OSILD) Mr. Adrian Z. Sandi, has filed an official complaint before the Liberia Land Authority over threat by heirs of the Brosius Interstate Estatein Mein Clan, Todee District, in Montserrado County to evict the organization from 60 acres of land purchased from one of the family members.

OSILD allegedly bought the land from Administrator Mr. George D. Brosius of Wodee Town, Todee Statutory District, Montserrado County, who is allegedly on the run.

Information gathered reveals Mr. Brosius recently arrived in Liberia from the United States of America but is in hiding to avoid arrest for alleged double transaction of 100 acres of land with the institution.

In an official complaint filed to the Commissioner of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) Cllr. Kula L. Jackson, Mr. Sandi disclosed that from 2007 to 2009 OSILD purchased 60 acres of land from Mr. George D. Brosius on which the organization constructed a five-room dormitory, cultivated a farm and other assets, but is being allegedly asked by other members of the Brosius Family to leave the premises, particularly Miss Alice Brosius and John Brosius now serving as Acting administrators.

The Organization for the Social Integration of Liberian Deaf was established since July 1, 1999 to cater to the welfare of people with deaf and doom complication.

Since its inception, OSILD has collaborated with the Ministries of Health (MOH), Gender, Children and Social Protection (GCSP), Education, the National Commission on Disabilities and international NGOs such as UNHCR, CRS, ZOA Refugee Service and Jesuit Refugee Service, among others.

According to the organization, one of its projects established through support from ZOA Refugee Service is the Wodee School of Integration and Deaf Orphanage in Todee District over which it is being threatened with eviction besides other issues that are detrimental to its operation thus, forcing it to suspend activities since 2014.

The complaint also narrates that besides, OSILD purchased 60 acres of farmland from Administrator George D. Brosius after entering a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purchase of 100 acres of land.

However, Mr. Sandi said the MOU was modified to 60 acres, fifty of which was fully paid for at the amount of US$2, 500.00, while the balance ten acres were allegedly offered freely to assist OSILD survey the land purchased.

However, he said upon payment of the last US$600.00, Mr. George Brosius never issued OSILD any receipt under pretense that he would have subsequently issued the organization a global receipt bearing the total amount of US$2, 500.00 only to have learnt that he (Brosius) traveled to the United States of America.

The complainant continues that following George Brosius’ return to Liberia three years later in November 2012, OSILD decided to pursue him for the receipt, but he allegedly dodged the organization.

Mr. Sandi said Administrator George D. Brosiuswas spotted at Stephen A. Tolbert Estate in Gardnersvilleand when approached, he promised to discuss the matter with him (Sandi) before leaving Liberia in February 2013, but since then all attempts made to have the land and other matters amicably resolved have proved futile as he has eroded all promises and continue to be on the run.

Moreover, ZOA Refugee Care Liberia, one of OSILLD partners, is pressurizing the organization following a recent inspection to the school and dormitory at Wodee. In a communication to OSILD, the Country Director of ZOA Refugee Care Liberia, Nic Street, expressed concern that there is no activity on the OSILD farmland and the school dormitory is still not occupied.

“You will recollect that we met in December last year when the whole issue of OSILD commitment, both physically and financially, to occupying the Wodee site was questioned; on the basis of assurances given by you at that time did the project of constructing the dormitory proceeded; you will also remember my telling you that the source of the US$36,682 spent on this construction was raised by Dutch students working their holidays in cafes in the Netherlands to raise money for this specific project”, Country Director Street reminded in his communication.

When this reporter contacted the brother of George D. Brosius, John Brosius, who currently serves as acting administrator of the Brosius Interstate Estate in Mein Clan Todee District viamobile phone, his number rang continuously without any response.

But the LLAconfirms receipt of written complaint from OSILD against Land Administrator George D. Brosius. Officials in the Land and Survey Department of the Land Authority said the organization has been asked to pay a fee of US$50.00 in order to conduct a survey of the land in question.

By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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