10 January 2013

Liberia: GOL, ELWA Resolve Land Dispute

The Liberian Government and the administrators of the ELWA land have ended years of dispute, with the later consenting to give the government 11.2 acres of land in anticipation of obtaining a Title Deed to the remaining portion of the ELWA Land.

In a joint press statement issued in Monrovia on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from the office of the Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, both parties announced that "the Government of Liberia have finally resolved the land issue between ELWA and the Government of Liberia."

The statement which was read by Veep Boakaias said "although some difficulties were experienced in the exercise, the two parties (the Government and ELWA), realized their need to cooperate and finally decided to have an amicable resolution."

The Press Conference was attended by the Town Chief and elders of King Gray Town, as well as representatives of ELWA and the Liberia Council of Churches.

Vice President Boakai further said the Government of Liberia will compensate ELWA for two houses on the land that Government will take over at asset value and that the Government of Liberia intervenes in the dispute that the King Gray Community has with ELWA and resolve it.

The Vice President also said that the Government of Liberia represented by the Vice President of Liberia consented to the terms of the agreement and promised to honor it to the letter.

The statement read by Vice President Boakai said "We, the Government, the ELWA/SIM family, the leadership of the Church of Liberia and the King Gray family want to make it public and express gratitude to all who contributed to this process, for the unity of our nation."

Mr. Will Elphick, the ELWA Director said that ELWA, supported by the leadership of the Liberia Council of Churches, realized Government's need of the land and willingly consented to give the GOL 11.2 acres of land based on the understanding that the Government grants ELWA a Title Deed to the remaining portion of the ELWA Land.

In response to questions from journalists, the SIM, King Gray and the Government of Liberia said they were pleased with the resolution of the matter and that they concurred with the decision.

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