Citizens of Bomi County especially those residing in the county's capital Tubmanburg are said to be in high gear demolishing their own structures in support of government's plan to widen the tiny streets of the city.
Even before the Ministry of Public Works begins bulldozing structures that have been earmarked for demolition to facilitate the expansion exercise, the residents have taken the initiative to launch the demolition exercise, thereby pulling praises from officials of the government's infrastructure ministry.
The commendation was made on Friday, June 29, 2012, by the National Zoning Officer of Liberia Mrs. Bindu Brewer, during a meeting with the City Mayor of Tubmanburg, Edwin Foday McGill.Mrs. Brewer said she was very impressed with the level of progress and self initiatives exhibited by some residents of Tubmanburg by carefully demolishing or removing marked portions of their properties that were earmarked by the Ministry of Public Works for demolition. She noted that those doubting the arrival of the Ministry of Public Works' earth moving equipment before making attempts to take action will be doing so at their own detriment as they might experience losses.Mrs. Brewer mentioned that it is advisable to carefully begin demolishing or removing marked portions individually because the Ministry of Public Works' equipment might not be meticulous in demolishing marked portions of individuals' properties.
As a result, she indicated, other parts of their properties could get affected.She informed the Tubmanburg City Mayor that the Ministry of Public Works was exerting enormous efforts to ensure that its equipment arrive in Tubmanburg in the coming days.For his part, City Mayor McGill expressed thanks and gratitude on behalf of the County's local leadership to the Ministry of Public Works for its decision to widen the streets of Tubmanburg.
An agreement was reached in May this year during a meeting with the local leaders, residents, and a team from the Zoning Inspectorate Division at the Ministry of Public Works for a proposed demolition exercise aimed at widening the streets in Tubmanburg. Against this background, Mrs. Brewer led a team from the Ministry on June 29 to meet with the City Mayor of Tubmanburg and to assess the level of progress regarding the planned demolition.