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Preparations are underway to shortly resume the demolition of structures built in the right-of-way and alleys in Monrovia in violation of the zoning laws of the city, officials sources have corroborated here.
“I don’t care who’s in the way; we are going to clear those houses that are situated on these alleys,” Acting Monrovia City Mayor warned Friday.
“We have too many city decays in this place. We need to tackle this issue because it is poising serious environmental and health hazards for our people,” she said in a decisive mood.
Without disclosing exactly when the process will begin, Ms. Broh stressed: “We need to fight urban decay. This city is too small, and it needs to be the cleanest.”
Ms. Broh declared the demolition after receiving symbolic check of US$150,000 from NOCAL as the company’s contribution toward the MCC-Via Town Park now under construction.
Ms. Broh cited Soniwein, Buzzi Quarters, Waterside market, behind the Carey Street-Hatai shop among the many polluted areas that need urgent cleaning in Monrovia.
“Go behind the Carey Street Hatai Shop and see for yourseles. Behind the Hatai Shop, you see urine, feces and all kinds of mess in the area,” she raged.
“Some of the places we go to work are very bad off. Each time you see these places you get a terrible feeling. “We will clear those alleys in order to solve the filthy problem in this city.”
Public Works Minister Kofi Woods Sunday confirmed the decision, saying the Ministries of Justice, Lands Mines and Energy, and Public Works will collaborate with the Monrovia City Corporation in doing the demolition.
He lamented Monrovia, which was initially intended for 300,000 inhabitants, is presently congested with over one million people.
Reports of the 2008 census by Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services recorded 1,144,806 as the population of Montserrado County, but most of them are clustered in Monrovia, the national capital.
Minister Woods observed that garbage in many areas was unacceptable. “The sewage systems in those places are, and we need to improve that. We need to improve the lack of access to water for our people.”
He said government would go beyond demolition in its urban development plans by providing other services like “creating jobs and other opportunities for our people.”