Barely one and a half month in office, the Minister of Public Works issues 48 hours ultimatum to zoning violators here threatening, “We will demolish structures that are deliberately built in alleys, waterways contrary to zoning regulations and city planning.”
The minister stresses that the issue of zoning is critical to his leadership, citing the safety of citizens as a top priority for the government. According to him, the work of zoning was an extension of the ministry’s mandate to communities, noting that since he took office, he has been confronted with serious zoning matters through documentation of complaints addressed to his office.
“I would have told you to handle all complaints within 24 hours, but it is too early for now. So all complaints coming in must be processed within 48 hours as of now”; the Works Minister mandates his staff.
He instructed the Zoning Department of the ministry to immediately begin to assess Battery Factory community, a suburb of Monrovia that connects Bali Island, where President George Weah intends to build a an international conference hall.
According to a press release, Minister Mabutu Nyenpan mandates staff of his ministry’s Zoning Division to ensure that all complaints are handled in a timely manner that would alleviate all forms of suspicions, adding that all former complaints must be forwarded to his office for review and subsequent administrative and technical actions.
The minister issued the mandate during meeting with staff of the Zoning Division on Monday to assess current constraints and challenges facing the unit. The release says Minister Nyenpan’s latest visit to Zoning Division is in continuation of his “management by walking style” of leadership in order to ascertain basic facts that would inform his judgment in his reform drive.
A former senator for Sinoe County, Nyenpan explains to his staff that it is the ministry’s responsibility to expeditiously address those concerns so that community dwellers cannot lose confidence in the institution.
Minister Nyenpan reminds them that this is a pro-poor government that intends to foster the agenda of ordinary people at all levels, making specific reference to individuals who are deliberately constructing on the alley ways against zoning standards and regulations.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Works has resolved that formulation of building code and updating of the National Zoning Law (drafted in 1958) is more than necessary to respond to current realities, taking into account a broader Land Use Map that will capture the entire country. Press Release