- 22 Mar
VP BOAKAI VISITS OLD ROAD JOE BAR MARKET, EASES TENSION IN LONG RUNNING DISPUTE
March 19, 2016.
In a bid to bring amicable resolution to the tension between the land owner and marketers of the Old Road Joe Bar Market, Vice President Boakai made a brief visit at the market site on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Back in January this year marketers at the Joe Bar Market, who were threatened with eviction from land owned by the Brewer Family, assembled at the residence of the Vice President carrying placards and posters in which they called on the VP to intervene and find a workable solution to the problem.
The VP received the request which essentially was an appeal for Government to secure the land legally from the Land owner so as to leave it at the disposal of the marketers.
Since January, the VP has hosted several discussions involving the Brewer Family, the Land Commission, the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy, and the Leadership of the Marketers. This was preceded by his meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in which the President urged him kindly engage the parties so as to resolve the matter. The VP’s visit on Saturday was to bring all sides under one roof and update them on the way forward that had been fashioned during the series of discussions.
Speaking at the market amidst huge applauses from the audience, the VP said there was no longer any antagonism in the matter as all sides were working together to firstly identify the land area involved and to sit and see how the interests of all sides will be safe guarded.
President with the Vice President were Land Commission Vice Chairman Walter Wisner, Lands, Mines and Energy Ministry Assistant Minister Surveyor George Miller, Land Owner Robert Brewer and his daughter Mrs. Salea Dennis, as well as Joe Bar Market Superintendent Martha Banney and her Secretary Thomas Willie