Mont. Dist#5 Citizens Want Consultation on Land Ownership Proposal
Concerned Citizens of Montserrado County District #5 are calling on their representative, Hon. Thomas P. Fallah to hold urgent consultations regarding the Citizens Amendment proposal to give land ownership to non-Negro descendants.
Speaking recently, Mr. Steve Doito, a Spokesman of the concerned citizens, said residents of District #5 in Montserrado County are concerned about Hon. Thomas Fallah’s sponsorship of the resolution aimed to remove “Negro Clause” and open citizenship to any race.
He said what is even more important is that the House of Representative has begun reviewing four resolutions seeking to amend certain provisions of the Liberian Constitution, including Citizenship and Land ownership through two separate joint committees for revision and subsequently report to the House Plenary on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Based on the unfolding development, residents of District #5 in Montserrado County are calling on Hon. Thomas P. Fallah to urgently convene a town hall meeting to explain the purpose of the Citizenship and Land Ownership proposal to residents of the district who have given him a six year mandate to provide leadership for District he currently represents.
Since the pronouncement, Doito noted, there has been diverse views and opium among Liberians, with many believing that granting foreigners the right to own property in Liberia may lead to dispossessing them of their Land.
“I would like to remind Representative Thomas P. Fallah about Sime Darby, Bong Mines, Firestone, and Golden Veroleum. All of these companies have invested billions of United States dollars in Liberia without owning the lands or properties which they occupied,” Doito mentioned.
Against this background, Doito explained that residents of the district wants their lawmaker state reasons why he is sponsoring the resolution and weather the resolution restricts only natural born citizens to be eligible to become member of the legislature.
The spokesman of the concern citizens said, it is time that Law makers constantly relate to their constituents on critical nation issues, “Stressing Hon. Fallah is one of the key sponsors of this resolution.
It can be recalled that in his annual address on January 29, 2018, President George Weah disclosed plans by his government to amend parts of the Liberian constitution; among them is Article 22 which gives rise to only Liberian citizens being owners of real properties.