Liberian President William Tolbert said in Monrovia on Tuesday (22 February) that the capital's most congested slum area--known as West Point--is to be cleared of residents.
Liberian President William Tolbert said in Monrovia on Tuesday (22 February) that the capital's most congested slum area--known as West Point--is to be cleared of residents. They will be moved to new low-cost housing areas, he said.
When the residents have been moved, West Point will be made into a tourist complex. No details of amenities were made available.
West Point has become known as President Tolbert's favourite project. He visited the area shortly after taking office from the late president Tubman, and instructed Liberian Public Works officials to begin building access roads so that amenities could be improved. He has frequently been quoted as being dissatisfied with conditions in the area, and stressing the urgency of improvement. This film, a reissue from the Visnews library, shows President Tolbert visiting West Point in October last year.
SYNOPSIS: Liberian President William Tolbert said in Monrovia on Tuesday that people in the West Point area--the capital's most congested slum--are to be moved into new low-cost housing areas. The president--seen here visiting West Point soon after taking office from the late President Tubman last year--said that the waterlogged section of the capital would then be redeveloped into a tourist complex.
In a meeting with Liberia's Legislature. President Tolbert said anyone who had visited the area and seen the living conditions of the people there would appreciate the need for such a slum clearance project. In order to identify himself with the conditions at West Point, he added, he had slept there before moving into the executive mansion--the official residence of the Liberian Head of State.
West Point has been President Tolbert's priority project since he first took office. He has repeatedly emphasised the need for resettling the residents snd for clearing the waterlogged area completely. Public Works officials have been urged by the President to improve living conditions, but Tuesday's announcement was the first indication that the new project is to go ahead.