LAND COMMISSION ADVICES: STOP CONSTRUCTION IN SWAMPS AND WATER WAYS TO AVOID NATURAL DISASTER

first_imgThe severity of rainfall in Liberia, most especially in Monrovia the Capital City, is a well-known phenomenon, often resulting to flooding and the destruction of properties. It is during this period that Liberians make numerous calls for help from communities in and around the city. Worst affected areas normally are located in lowland areas, especially swamps that have been converted to dwelling places.Notably, the flood experience comes as a result of the rising of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as climate change and individuals constructing structures in swamps and water ways, including other factors such as encroachment on waterways and beachfronts.In Monrovia where zoning ordinances and other preconditions for housing constructions are sometimes ignored by builders and they proceed illegally to misuse these protected areas by constructing structures. Also, the heavy downpour of rain combines with the lack of adequate and properly layout drainages often exacerbate the situation.Monrovia, which continues to experience a high degree of rural-to-urban migration, is hugely affected by the development of several slum communities in swamps and waterways. Currently, Monrovia is paying host to a huge proportion of the Country’s populations, with about 1.3 million of Liberia’s 4 million people residing there, which makes it the most populated city in Liberia.For decades, urban governance in Liberia has not been given much policy and legal priority. Municipal authorities nationwide are still largely unable to respond to urbanization challenges effectively, or plan for future urban growth due to low capacity and poor resources. Neither are people willing to listen to those few regulations that are on the books.In response to situation of non-adherence to city laws, ordinance and regulations, the Government of Liberia established the Land Commission with the general mandate and purpose to propose, advocate and coordinate reforms of land policy, laws and programs in Liberia. The decision to undertake a comprehensive land reform was in recognition of the critical role of land in defining national identity, and how significantly land related issues affect national cohesion, peace, reconciliation, protection of rights and the rule of law, and economic growth and development.As part of its role in the land governance, the Land Commission has observed with serious concern, the illegal construction of structures in swamps and waterways by individuals in certain communities, especially in Monrovia and parts adjacent, and also viewed this encroachment on swamp land as illegal, a gross misuse of public property and an act against the public land use and management procedures.According to the Commission, this action if not stopped, has the propensity to eventually cause increased flooding or other natural disasters in those communities that are building in swamps, which will also affect other areas.In this regard, the Commission strongly cautions that swamps and lowland areas are not free land. They are government restricted and protected areas, which serve as habitat for fishes to spawn and reservoir for most aquatic species of animals.The Land Commission is also admonishing citizens and residents in Monrovia and other cities to help government maintain ordinances in cities across the country by not dumping wastes in drainages and building in alleys and on wet lands and waterways. The Commission wishes to warn all citizens that this act poses serious health hazard for other residents of communities in those areas. The Commission admonishes that obeying city orderliness and/or maintenance of cities are share-responsibilities of government and residents and should not be considered as solely government responsibility alone.Therefore, the Land Commission is warning all those involved in the illegal construction of structures on swamp lands and similar acts in Montserrado County, especially Congo Town, Sinkor Old Road and Airfield, Paynesville, Mount Barclay, Somalia Drive, Bushrod Island, Virginia, Brewerville, and other areas where swamps are concentrated, to desist and/or their plans and seek advice from the relevant land and environmental institutions to avoid legal actions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mbappe hailed as new global superstar

first_imgAs one number 10 trudged off — the player wearing an Argentina shirt with Messi’s name on — another in the blue of France took the plaudits.“Move over, Messi, a new global superstar is born at the World Cup,” was the headline in the Sunday Times in Britain.“In this game, the Messi was him,” French sports daily L’Equipe said above a photograph of Mbappe celebrating. “He showed his talent to the world and overshadowed Lionel Messi.”The double strike made the boy from the Paris suburbs the first teenager since a 17-year-old Pele to score twice in a World Cup game.The Brazilian legend tweeted: “Congratulations, @KMbappe. 2 goals in a World Cup so young puts you in great company!”“He’s got a lot more talent than me,” France midfielder Paul Pogba said of Mbappe.“And he’s not going to stop there. He’s got so much talent.”– Baby Bleus –Argentina were simply swept aside by a new generation, and not just Mbappe — another of France’s scorers, Benjamin Pavard, is only 22 himself.“When you have players having a day like Mbappe had today, it’s very difficult to stop them,” said Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli.With an average age of 25, a France side lacking major tournament experience were feeling the flak after three underwhelming group-stage matches reaped one penalty, an own goal and only one scored from open play.But coach Didier Deschamps’ “baby Bleus” silenced the detractors with the scintillating win over the 2014 finalists that put France back on course for a tilt at emulating France’s 1998 Cup-winning exploits, when Deschamps was captain.Mbappe was not even born when France won their only World Cup, on home soil.“I can’t really take it in,” said Pavard, a defender so unaccustomed to scoring he did not know how to celebrate his superb strike.“I was running around everywhere, I didn’t know what to do.”Mbappe will be unleashed next on Uruguay, whose steely defence should provide a far sterner test than the shambolic Argentine rearguard.It may be too early to talk of lifting the trophy in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, but Deschamps was bubbling with excitement.“I experienced a lot of great joy and happiness as a France player, and the reason I took this job was to feel the same again,” said Deschamps.“The lads are young, they have character. As the man in charge, especially when things go wrong, I’m very proud of this team and very happy for them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe is the first teenager since Pele to score twice in a World Cup game © AFP / FRANCK FIFEKAZAN ARENA, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – France players and the world’s press hailed Kylian Mbappe as an emerging superstar after the 19-year-old eclipsed Lionel Messi in a match that felt like the passing of a torch to a new generation.Mbappe’s speed and power ruthlessly exposed Argentina’s defence in Kazan in a thrilling 4-3 victory on Saturday that re-established France among the World Cup favourites.last_img read more