Moratorium Placed On Construction Permits…As Public Works Min. Inspects New Project

The Ministry of Public Works has issued a moratorium on the issuance of construction permits for structures in Monrovia and its environs including the City of Paynesville and the Township of Gardnersville, Caldwell, and Congo Town.

The moratorium states that no new construction works will be authorized in these areas until otherwise ordered.    The news of the moratorium was contained in a Ministry of Public Works release issued in Monrovia on Wednesday in Monrovia.

The release also stated that all ongoing construction works within the demarcated areas will have to go through a process of review that will include analysis of the structural designs, environmental impact, traffic flow interferences and parking. The Ministry has therefore warned all those in the process of construction to submit to the review process that will be led by its zoning division.

The action according to a release signed by Jesefu Keita, Director of Communication and Documentation Division of the Ministry of Public Works is intended to curtail illegal construction within Monrovia and its environs as well as deliberate failure on the part of building owners and contractors to follow approved designs and change order mandated by the Ministry of Public Works.

The release concluded that the permitting process will resume as soon as the process is reassessed and new measures are put in place over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Public Works Atty. Samuel Koffi Woods has been touring ongoing projects in Monrovia and its environs.

Minister Woods, speaking to journalists following the tour yesterday noted that government is committed to bringing relief to its citizens by the construction of new roads in various parts of the city.

Minister Woods who inspected works on the Jamaica Road, SKD Boulevard, A.B Tolbert, the Liberia petroleum Refining Company and the National Port Authority said the objective of the tour is to review several ongoing projects and identify the challenges.

He said this would enable the Ministry to accelerate its intervention in implementing the various ongoing road projects. The Minister pointed out serious challenges mainly due to the scarcity of resources.

He noted that most of these roads might not be completed before the raining season due to scarce resources but reiterated that government was committed to the ongoing projects.

Minister Woods, addressing the issue of flooding in Monrovia and its environs said the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) and the National Port Authority (NPA) are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works to address the issue.

He noted that the problems that have been identified including culverts blocking or the abuse of these facilities are being made in that area.

Minister Woods lauded the managements of the two entities and noted they are in discussion to ensure that trucks that are always parked in those areas are removed and a suitable parking space be identified to ease the traffic congestion in the area.