The Movement for Progressive Change or MPC political party of Liberian businessman Simeon Freeman, is calling for the relocation of residents of the slum township of West Point, threatened by sea erosion and severe flood as a result of torrential downpour.
MPC chairman John Barlone, said the party is prepared to collaborate with the people of West Point to ensure they are relocated to avoid continuous destruction of properties. He said recent destruction of homes by sea erosion in the township should claim immediate attention of central government.
The MPC chairman noted that there is vast land across the country owned by the State so government should take affirmative action in relocating the citizens as the sea is rapidly taking over the township. Speaking over the weekend when a delegation of the party paid a courtesy visit to identify with flood victims, chairman Barlone described the physical conditions of the erosion victims as appalling and called on state actors to intervene.
“The MPC is with you in your struggle; we do not want you getting involved in any violence by demonstrating for government to relocate you; the MPC will engage government and call on them to immediately relocate you before something greater happens here. There are children among you that need shelter, so be calm as we engage government in your struggle.”
Since the rain started in April, over 1000 citizens have been made homeless across the country due to flood and sea erosion. Some of the victims said they welcome government’s earlier decision to relocate them from the township, but the authorities were reneging.
Residents of West Point said they want to be relocated as their lives are constantly threatened on a daily basis by the Atlantic Ocean. They lauded the MPC leadership for the visit and called on the party to help them in seeking proper relocation.
The Grebo Governor of West Point, Alfred Brown, wants the MPC to speed up the process of its advocacy to enable the West Pointers relocate quickly. Governor Brown said he lost over six houses to sea erosion and is not waiting for him and his kids to be killed by the sea before government takes action. By Ben P. Wesee – Editing by Jonathan Browne