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Pro-Temp Regrets Removal Plans

ProTemp Jallah NDPresident Pro Tempore Armah Jallah says the forceful removal of residents on the Industrial Park in the Chicken soup Factory community in Gardnerville, outside Monrovia is not the best option to solving any problem.

According to a release issued in Monrovia by his office, President Pro Tempore said the government could rather relocate the Park or construct low-cost housing unite for residents of the area since they have resided there for several years now.

“Since it is now established that over forty thousand people are residing in the area, it the responsibility of national government to cater to its citizenry,” he noted while speaking with reporters in Monrovia Sunday.

Senator Armah Jallah – also of Gbarpolu County in north western Liberia, also indicated that while it is true the residents were illegally occupying the property, the government must exercise restraint and consider the number of years the residents have stayed.

He said he would plead with Members of the Legislature, through its leadership and the Executive, to find the best option for the residents. When asked whether his statements should be taken as sign of relief for occupants of the Industrial Park, the Gbarpolu county lawmaker made it clear that he was making his opinion regarding the situation confronting would-be evicted Liberians.

Over forty thousand residents will be affected if the government went ahead to demolish structures in the area. Recently, the Minister of Public Works, William Gyude Moore, announced that the Government of Liberia had resolved to demolish all structures located on the Industrial Park without compensation to the over forty-thousand occupants.

Minister Moore was not, however, specific as to the actual date for the demolition exercise. Threatened residents of the Park in the Chicken Soup Factory area along the Somalia Drive in Gardinersville, have presented several petitions to the Legislature, calling on the government to relax the demolition exercise.

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The Supreme Court of Liberia has also ruled in defense of the government to remove the residents under the doctrine of eminent domain.-Edited by George Barpeen

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