Against arguments that her government has not done much to the expectations of the Liberian people, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has continually stated that there is no need for arguments as the evidences are clear for all to see. And it was in this vein, she said, that the country is currently undergoing more infrastructure facelifts than previous years.Speaking at the dedication ceremony at the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation’s (NASSCORP) Village, a project of the National Housing Authority (NHA), in Brewerville yesterday, President Sirleaf said Liberia’s developmental agenda continues to make tremendous progress, with the construction of 70 housing units for low-income earners.“Liberia is changing,” the President confidently said, smiling. “These people are now the proper owners of these housing units. NHA has constructed quality housing units and NASSCORP has been the strategic institution behind the construction of these estates. We want to thank NASSCORP for its efforts in ensuring that low income earners have places to sleep.” She called on new and prospective homeowners of the various estate units to take care of and properly maintain the facilities, and be proud owners of the housing units. She reminded the tenants to ensure that their mortgage for the housing units are paid according to an arrangement with the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), and failure on their part to honor the mortgage would result in the building being repossessed by the bank.She wants the management of NHA to extend the construction of housing units from Montserrado County to the leeward counties to benefit many more Liberians.In an earlier statement, NASSCORP’s Managing Director, Dewittt Von Ballmoos, praised the President for her tireless efforts in ensuring the development of Liberia, including the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant, the construction and rehabilitation of roads throughout the country and other major projects.Mr. Von Ballmoos said the construction of housing units at the NASSCORP Village started three years ago when the first and second phases of the project were targeted.He disclosed that NASSCORP has spent US$5.5 million on the housing project as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility. “These units will be given out at an affordable cost. The proceeds will go towards the construction of more housing units in the country,” he said.Mr. Prince Wreh, Acting Managing Director of the National Housing Authority (NHA), thanked the Chief Executive for her support of the National Housing Authority, adding: “Thanks to you, Madam President, this is a dream that has come to reality that Liberians can own their own homes now.” He said the NHA’s goal is to ensure that more Liberians become homeowners. He praised President Sirleaf for giving young professionals the opportunity to serve their country responsibly, but was quick to note that there is still more work to be done. For his part, the Chairman of the NHA Board of Directors, Bishop George D. Harris, disclosed that NHA anticipates dedicating the fourth phase of the housing project, comprising 53 units, with its partners.He said NHA has constructed a total of 163 housing units, adding, “progress is being made.” He lauded the management of NASSCORP for the partnership and assured that more work will be done to build affordable housing units for Liberians around the country.At a cost of US$20,000, a unit will be paid for through a mortgage arrangement subsidized by government at an interest rate of 7 percent over a ten-year period.The ceremony was graced by senior government officials including Madam Miatta Beyslow, NASSCORP Board Chair; George V. Curtis Sr, the Mayor of the City of Brewerville; citizens, among others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 19-year-old Norton Street, Georgetown handyman vehemently denied a larceny charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Kenneth Smith Farley appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore to answer to a charge which stated that on November 7, 2017, at the Parika minibus park, in Georgetown, he robbed Rogwatia Persaud of one Samsung smartphone valued 0,000.In a bail application on his own behalf, Farley told the court that he is a handyman and resides with his elderly grandmother in Norton Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.While Magistrate Azore was inclined to grant bail to the sum of ,000, Farley pleaded for a reduction as he could not afford same in such “hard times”.Nonetheless, the Magistrate declined the reduction plea, telling Farley “not at this time sir.”Police Prosecutor Simone Payne represented the prosecution’s case. The case will continue on December 6.
A 43-year-old man was on Monday granted bail by Magistrate Judy Latchman when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with a simple larceny charge.Prem Chan admitted that on October 4, 2018 at Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD), he falsely pretended to be heart specialist, Dr Mahendra Carpen in order to obtain the sum of $100,000 from Frank Shanicharara.The prosecution contended that on October 4 about 12:00h, Chan called the Virtual Complainant via telephone pretending to be Dr Carpen asking for a donation of $100,000 for a heart patient. The VC, realising that he was being conned, asked the caller to visit his business place to uplift the money. The VC then called the Police, and Chan was caught red-handed.In court on Monday, the unrepresented man claimed that he committed the act since he was frustrated. He claimed that he was making little effort in raising money for his own heart surgery. He was fined $100,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in him serving six months in prison.
An employee of Regent Household Plus was on Monday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and remanded to prison for stealing an amplifier.Twenty-nine-year-old Rickford Atwell of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and denied the charge which stated that on October 2, 2019, at Regent Household Plus, he stole one amplifier worth $45,000, property of Saied Amid.The court heard that Atwell was employed by the Virtual Complainant’s father and worked at his store on Regent Street, Georgetown.According to the prosecution’s case, the business place was closed and the normal afternoon checks on employees’ bags were carried out when the amplifier was discovered in the defendant’s bag. As such, the police were called and Atwell was arrested. Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus remanded Atwell to prison. The case will continue on October 21, 2019.