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|Published on February 28, 2007||Email To Friend Print Version
The Liberian Government has warned illegal squatters of public buildings and street sellers to immediately leave these buildings and the streets or face eviction shortly.
Addressing the nations late Monday evening, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed displeasure over the occupation of several public land and buildings in and around Monrovia and advised occupants and squatters to begin resettling themselves.
“I would like to advise all those concerned that the government will recommend implementation of the zoning laws which were relaxed to give squatters and those occupying public and private property illegally the opportunity to resettle,” President Sirleaf said.
It can be recalled that last year the Government cleared petty traders from the streets and commenced demolishing makeshift and illegal structures along the streets in Monrovia, and advised those illegally occupying government structures to vacate. However, the process was halted, according to government sources, to give more room to those concerned to leave voluntarily.
But, President Sirleaf in her address said, “this relaxation has been misinterpreted and we now find illegal occupation of land such as those around our airfields (in Sinkor) and those in pubic buildings such as the Ducor Hotel (Central Monrovia) and the several unfinished public buildings doing so with impunity.”
She ordered that they should now desist and plan their relocation or run the risk of being evicted and their buildings demolished. The same warning, she said, applies to the petty traders who have returned to the streets and sidewalks.
Though the President did not attach deadline, sources at the Executive Mansion told The Informer that the president’s mandate will shortly take effect, writes D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh.