Demolition Still In Sight
Following recent warning by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for illegal occupants to vacate the Monrovia Industrial Park in Gardnersville, the Ministry of Public Works is now set to carry on a massive demolition exercise in the area. Sources closed to the Ministry of Public Works said that the Public Works Ministry has put in place all necessary mechanisms for the demolition exercise to begin soon. The Monrovia Industrial Park is inhabited by over 20,000 citizens who are all squatting on the park.
Last month, President Sirleaf visited the Monrovia Industrial Park and warned squatters to vacate the land or face forceful evasion. The Liberian leader reminded the illegal occupants that the land was reserved by the Government of Liberia for an Industrial Park.
But it is reported that thousands of Liberians as well as foreign nationals are illegally occupying the area claiming ownership to the area. Some of the squatters claimed that they legally purchased part of the Industrial Park and therefore could not leave where they have been for several years.
But Public Works sources told the Inquirer that the demolition exercise is expected this week or early next week and will begin early morning. Our sources said government has warned those occupying the park to leave and that government is very serious to clear the park of illegal occupants.
“We are moving on them soon if they cannot leave by their own volition,” said another source. The source continued, “If government says something it must be done, we cannot run the government of sympathy, development goes with pain.”
The Monrovia Industrial Park was fully functional prior to the civil conflict but due to the war, nearly all of the industries that were operating there abandoned the site thus giving room for illegal occupants to take over the area.
But government said it is now ready to use the area for its intended purpose therefore, those illegally occupying the site must give way for the companies to resume their normal operations. The demolition exercise is expected this week or early next week.