The National Housing Authority or NHA has begun a conference in Monrovia for residents of West Point Township, Montserrado County, inviting stakeholders from relevant governmental institutions to discuss relocation of residents of the township, whose lives have been constantly threatened by sea erosion.
NHA Managing Director Samuel Wlue told UMIL Radio Tuesday stakeholders have been invited from the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Public Works and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), among others to find an amicable solution to problems faced by citizens residing in the township.
He said stakeholders began meeting Tuesday to discuss some of the issues raised by the residents as well as review plans already put in place by his institution towards the relocation process, adding “This is something that the government commits herself to, because you can’t have sea driving away your citizens and you sit and act like nothing has happened. We are under obligation to do something about that situation.”
Mr. Wlue disclosed that construction of 100 housing units for the West Pointers will shortly commence in Brewerville, Montserrado County, pending disbursement of funds. He said before the meeting with stakeholders, the agency had already completed architectural diagram of the proposed units, each containing two bedroom apartment with a proximity of schools, hospitals and other facilities to be in the estate.
The NHA boss said though the US$1. 2 million allotted in the national budget for his institution is insufficient, he was optimistic if the allotment is increased, more housing units will be constructed in order to provide safe living environment for the people of West Point.
He pointed out that the relocation of the residents of West Point is not a recent issue, as discussion has been ongoing for the past two years. “Before we found that place in Brewerville, we held talks with the Ministry of Public Works and the EPA in order to make sure that the people don’t experience any form of sea erosion. Though it is not far from the sea, but we do believe that it is good for people to have access to fishing and other things.”
By Lewis S. Teh