Prez Sirleaf Encourages Liberians to Invest At Home
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Thursday led an array of personalities, including government officials to perform a dedication of the newly constructed modern housing units in Gbengbar Town, around the VOA Junction in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia.
The complex, which comprises several modern designed houses, is constructed by Premier Developers JV Company, a wholly Liberian owned company, headed by its president and chief executive officer (CEO), Floyd Thomas.
In her statement, President Sirleaf said the initiative is a dream come true for the government and people of Liberia, adding, “This is an example of what it takes to build our country.”
She said it was a dream come true because, while living in Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire as a refugee, Premier Developers JV Company CEO Thomas conceived the idea of bringing to the country, Liberian-owned private investments that would include construction of housing units to be purchased at an affordable rate by residents.
By this venture, Madam Sirleaf believes that Mr. Thomas is encouraging other compatriots to invest at home as part of the strategies to alleviate the constraints of acquiring land and at the same time building a house.
According to the President, the construction of the new housing units signifies that a group of Liberians with expertise can come together, incorporating the young ones with talents and skills to carry on infrastructural development.
She then urged the management of Premier Developers to construct more of such housing units, especially for low income earners in other parts of the country to alleviate the serious housing problem facing ordinary Liberians.
President Sirleaf then encouraged Liberians living abroad to return home and follow the good example of Premier Developers to work and build Liberia rather than coming home to take the country’s meager resources away.
She has meanwhile assured the management of the Premier Homes her government’s commitment to providing social services, including the provision of safe drinking water and electricity for those who will be privileged to acquire any of the newly constructed units.
Earlier in their respective remarks, Mr. John Davies, President of Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and Director-general of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), Dewitt VonBallmoos also commended the management and staff of Premier Developers JV Company for undertaking such a venture.
They promised to ensure that the dream of the Premier Estate is sustained.
For her part, Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, lauded the new housing estate as a much welcomed development.
Also speaking, Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper pledged his support to the project and promised to lobby with residents of Margibi to provide the needed land space for the construction of similar modern homes, which he believes will be at the purchasing advantage of low income earners. He is the Senate Chair on Public Works.
The dedication was also attended by the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador, Abdoulaye Doré,
The Premier Homes is one of Liberia’s post war developers, under the canopy of the Developers JV Company. With the motto: “Buying offers freedom from rising rents; affordability is a key factor,” the Premier Estate has amenities such as a gated community, perimeter and individual home fence, guard house with security, paved streets and landscaping.
It is a premium residential subdivision that offers middle to high income homes for sale, equipped with first class amenities and facilities.
“We have several well-designed home models to choose from,” Mr. Thomas said. He also acknowledged authorities of the LBDI, NASSCORP, and Guarantee Trust Bank.
Some of the estate plans are ready to buy and the homes are being designed and well-constructed in accordance with high standards of construction.
The Premier Estate is constructed on 25 acres of land with a workforce of 75, some of them, procurement staffers including seasoned Liberian engineers and architects.