LIBERIA: Public Works Launches Zoning Taskforce, Commits To Revenue Mobilization


Liberia’s Public Works Minister Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan

The Ministry of Public Works in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning Wednesday launched a Special Taskforce comprising personnel of the Zoning Division and others.

According to the Director of Zoning at the Ministry of Public Works, Jocelia Tarplah, the constitution of the Taskforce is to mitigate the increasing wave of zoning violations in the country.

Tarplah, citing Section 102 of the Zoning Law of 1938, said all structures are to be 15 feet away from the property line, stressing that citizens must obtain permit BEFORE, DURING or AFTER construction.

For his part, Public Works Minister Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan, who launched the Taskforce, said zoning regulation violations in Liberia have been routine.

The Works Minister intimated that zoning violations have escalated, terming the situation as indiscipline and undermines the efforts of government in the enforcement of zoning regulations.

The Public Works top official said with funding from the National Road Fund (NRF) and other development partners, the Ministry in sync with the Government’s Pro -poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) will do all it can to impact infrastructural development.

“The blocking of alleyways by residents is the greatest degree of disservice to the government, and it must be condemned by all well-meaning Liberians,” Minister Nyenpan intoned.

He, however, announced that plans are underway for the acquisition of modern, state-of-the-art earth-moving equipment so as to tackle the challenges greeting the infrastructure sector.

Also speaking, the Senior Economic and Policy Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Rufus Darkortey lauded the Ministry of Public Works for the thoughtfulness, and said it will aid in the mobilization of domestic revenue.

Darkortey stressed that the CDC-led government under the watchful eyes of President George Manneh Weah will shift the paradigm of domestic revenue generation, noting that service delivery is being dispensed in its truest sense.

In an effort to enhance the workings of the newly-constituted Taskforce, two brand new Toyota Hilux Pickups were donated with funding from the National Road Fund, affirming the Ministry’s seriousness in the fight to mitigate zoning violations in the country.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.