Residents of the Largest Municipality of Liberia, Paynesville in Monsterrado County, are to benefit from a six thousand middle and upper housing project to be implemented by a Turkish based company, Kiptas.
Acting City Mayor of Paynesville, Cyvette Gibson, said representatives of Kiptas are due in the country within the next two months to carry out feasibility studies that would lead to the commencement of the project.
Madam Gibson disclosed that phase one of the housing project to be implemented by Kiptas will begin with the middle units to provide the ordinary residents of Paynesville with good homes that can be paid for at a considerable amount in one and half year period.
She told Journalists following her return from a week-long visit to Istanbul, Turkey, that the housing project to be implemented was reached as the result of the establishment of Sister City Relationship with one of the Cities in Istanbul, the City of Bagcilar and Paynesville.
The Acting City Mayor of Paynesville said Kiptas since 1995 has provided sixty thousand, seven hundred and fifty housing for dwellers in twenty Districts of Istanbul.
She pointed out that Kiptas is engage in three housing categories in Turkey which are the Middle and Upper Classes that are for profit making, comprising of twenty percent dwellers; while the Lower Class not for profit making comprises of eighty percent dwellings in that country.
Madam Gibson said besides the housing projects, Paynesville stands to benefit a lot from the Sister City Relationship with the City of Bagcilar which include technical assistance, training of trainer programs, capacity building in various areas like sanitation and the drawing of Paynesville’s Master Plan.
She said during their weeklong visit in Turkey, they toured several areas including the Women and Family Center in Bagcilar, where women are trained in arts, tailoring, daycare training, the Palace of People with Disabilities in Bagcilar, the Aydin Dogan Anatotian Medical Vocation High School and the Private Recycling and Waste Collection Facility as well as the ISMEK Training Institute in Buyuksehir Belediyesi City.
Madam Gibson said at that institution two hundred, twenty thousand students are offered free courses in Istanbul every year with emphasizes on women.Members of Madam Gibson’s delegation to Istanbul, Turkey were Madam Amy Sandiman, City Manager, Paynesville, Georsay Stevens Administrative Assistant to Paynesville Acting Mayor and Saye Dole of the National Investment Commission, NIC.
This is the second Sister City Relationship to be established by the Acting City Mayor of Paynesville, Cyvette Gibson in less than a year since taken over. Her first Sister City Relationship was with the City of Paynesville in Minnesota, the United States.
She said the City Mayor of Bagcilar, Lokman Cagirici signed on behalf of his City, while she signed for the City of Paynesville to establish that Sister City Relationship.
Mayor Gibson has meanwhile underscored the need for outside assistance for the City of Paynesville if it is to meet its development cha1lenges and be on Pal with other Cities across the Sub-region.
She said Paynesville which has over three thousand inhabitants is faced with serious challenges that cannot be address by government alone.
Mayor Gibson said the establishment of Sister City relationships will help in the implementation of programs to better the Living Standards of Citizens of Paynesville in the areas of Human Resource development through capacity building, Training in the area of Waste management and Sanitation one of the main focus of the City.
Meanwhile, Madam Gibson has termed as legal its action to some business entities operating in the City that have failed to pay their municipal taxes.
She said the municipal taxes being collected are not new taxes as being perceived by some business entities in Paynesville.
The PCC Acting Mayor said under its Ordinance and Regulations, the Corporation is mandated to collect taxes from business establishments in Paynesville and failure to comply those entities must be closed with the owners forwarded to the Paynesville Magisterial Court for prosecution.
She described as false, misleading and unfounded news circulating in some quarters of the City the PCC is collecting illegal taxes which is only intended to discredit the Corporation in the eyes of the public.
She vowed to be rigid in the implementation of Ordinances and Regulations that will improve and develop Paynesville without fear and favor.
In a related development, the PCC Management is calling on owners of underdeveloped or vacant lots or land within the City limit to have them cleaned or bushed, shrubbery and offensive debris.
The Corporation said violators of this Ordinance will be issued a notice of warning to have the property cleaned and be informed of possible mitigating measures that could be employed against them.
This, the PCC Management said is in accordance with PCC Ordinance Number IV Section 6 under the Public Health and Sanitation Law.