The Liberia Baptist Missionary Education Convention (LBMEC) has launched an investigatory survey to reclaim several acres of land allegedly encroached by property owners including President George Weah’s Jamaica Resorts, along the highway of the Roberts International Airport (RIA).
The total area of 68 acres of land was acquired in 1976 by Liberia’s ex-President William R. Tolbert, when he served as President of the Baptist World Alliance.
President Weah’s Jamaica Resorts is accused of occupying four lots, said to have illegally been sold to him by an unauthorized person only identified as Karnga, during the civil war in 1994.
The Baptist Transitional Committee tasks to reclaim all LBMEC property is headed by Nathaniel Blama, former Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Blama was dismissed by President Weah for without authorization committing the Liberian Government to a hydro-carbon deal in 2020.
The Baptist Transitional Committee said it has written all persons accused of illegal settlement on the Baptist Church property including the management of Jamaica Resorts and National Petroleum reportedly owned by former Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma. An LBMEC official said there has been no response from the management of Jamaica Resorts, whom it said could be given an option to re-buy the four lots or challenge his eviction in court.
There are an estimated 26 illegal property owners, who are target of eviction in what could be a major legal battle in court.
The Baptist Advisory Council is said to be the only body of the LBMEC authorized to initiate sales and lease of it properties in Liberia.
The property in question is part of the Baptist Theological Seminary along the RIA highway.
Efforts to contact the management of Jamaica Resorts for comments prove futile as none of its staff were willing to speak to our Reporter.
Source: The Liberian Express