The Liberian government, through the Ministry of Information, has warned squatters living in and around Ducor Hotel and the Health Ministry in Monrovia “to move or be removed”.
Information Minister, Laurence Bropleh said renovation works on the two government buildings are about to begin and that “squatters should leave immediately”.
The government, according Mr. Bropleh, has signed an agreement with its partners to begin the renovation of the two institutions.
Minister Bropleh gave the warning Thursday during his weekly press conference at the Ministry of Information in Monrovia.
Minister Bropleh also disclosed that rehabilitation works at the Providence Island have begun and that government is determined to make the Providence Island a tourist attraction.
It can be recalled that early last year, the Liberian government signed an agreement with a Libyan company to renovate and transform the Ducor Hotel into a five-star facility.
Following the signing ceremony, the government asked squatters in and around the hotel to leave, to allow the contract to take effect.
But some of the squatters resisted government’s decision, claiming that they have been legally residing in and around the hotel for years and that they have documents to prove their case.
At one point, government attempted removing squatters, only to be met with stiff resistance. As a result, the government halted the process.
Although some left, many refused to honor the Liberian government’s order.
But from all indication, it appears that the government is determined to enforce its order and flex its huge muscle.