16 January 2014

Liberia: Group Demonstrates At MPW

A Group from the Duport Road-Parker Paint Route in Paynesville recently conducted a peaceful demonstration at the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) in demand of compensation for theirt properties demolished during the 2012 road construction.

According to the Group, on May 24, 2012 structures were destroyed by the Zoning Division of the Ministry for the construction of the Duport Road-Parker Paint roads in Paynesville 'without any compensation to date.

The spokesman for the group, A. Sulu-Korquoi, said that the Ministry conducted its own assessment on the damaged properties but has not officially told any of the affected parties the amounts they should be receiving.

He said further that on several occasions the aggrieved residents have confronted Public Works officials and were assured that the money was in the coffers of the Ministry but not a single member of the aggrieved residents has received a dime.

He added that the group would continue to demonstrate until their plight is resolved, because since 2012 they have been in rigmarole with MPW because of the Ministry's failure to compensate residents whose homes were destroyed. Other community residents have been compensated and the Duport Road-Parker Paint Route residents are still on the waiting list.

The Minister of Public Works, Antoinette Weeks could not be reached for comments as she was in meetings at the Ministry of Finance. However a source from within the Ministry said that Madam Weeks has recently been appointed to the Ministry and is looking into the matter and in the shortest possible time the aggrieved resident's plight would be resolved.

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