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Prez Sirleaf recognizes urban population challenge

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

( 26, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says Liberia is massively faced with challenges associated with over population in urban areas.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said over 1.3 of Liberia’s estimated 4-million people live in Monrovia, adding that the decongestion of the nation’s capital remains a serious challenge.

She spoke Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at a two-day national urban forum in Monrovia.

The Liberian Leader said inhabitants, in many cases live in slums, where government has not been able to provide the required quality services.

At the same time, the President also said the reality of climate change and Liberians’ attitude of building on waterways make the country vulnerable to increased flooding and other environmental issues.

Though President Johnson-Sirleaf acknowledged citizens’ right to live wherever they wish, she hoped that government’s de-concentration and de-centralization efforts will encourage people return to their various areas and re-settle.

The reform brings together dozens of municipal stakeholders and partners and seeks to develop a road map for the development of a new urban policy for Liberia.


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