Ganta Mayor Embarks on Surveying Public Lands

first_imgMayor Suah in his GCC office in GantaAs the commercial city of Ganta, in Nimba County, expands and more people begin to seek settlement there, the Mayor, Amos N.G. Suah, has begun a survey of projects, to demarcate all parcels of land belonging to government and to prevent individual claims and encroachments on them.“The survey began a week ago and will continue until all properties belonging to government are demarcated and deeded,” Mayor Suah told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview on August 13, 2018.According to him, the project was solely initiated by the Ganta City Authority, with consent of the city council to seek the interest of the public and the government, asserting that many a time the government wants to use a portion of land to carry out certain development projects but is hampered by a lack of land space.Mayor Suah added that parcels of land were set aside for the government in past administrations, but selfish individuals, who represented government at the time, surveyed and deeded portions of those properties in their own names, thereby causing the public to lose its entitlement.He said the exercise is in the best interest of the government, since those properties will be deeded and, when cases arise in court, government will have no need to panic about title deeds.He noted that government loses cases in land issues most of the time because there can be no evidence to substantiate its claims to the disputed land.“This is the essence of the exercise we are carrying out, and I have been successful over the past few days.  Right now the land that belongs to the government in Ganta is about 17 acres,” Mayor Suah said.Specifying parcels of land that have already been surveyed, Mayor Suah said they have secured 4.54 acres at the civil compound, 9.12 at the cemetery, and another 4 acres at the  Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) compound currently used by the Jungle Energy Corporation (JEC).Having secured these areas and still following the rest, the Ganta Mayor said: “I can boast of having properties for the government in Ganta, and I will not have to panic when there is a project that requires giving land.  We can point out any of those areas for construction of a playground or a sub police depot, since Ganta is rapidly expanding.”Surveyors in Ganta demarcating government’s property near the Guinea border at CustomsWhile speaking to this paper at the main Ganta Port of Entry where the same exercise was ongoing, Mayor Suah said, “From the border where we are today, we will be going to the LPMC area and then the Public Works yard.”Some portions of the land have been encroached upon by local dwellers, but Mayor Suah said the ongoing survey is meant to secure the ones still vacant, so that it will not be overtaken by illegal occupants; after which, according to him, the city council will decide what happens to those who have encroached on government land.One area being encroached upon is the Public Works yard that contains two lots.  According to Mayor Suah, people have encroached on the land because a resident engineer allegedly surveyed and deeded some portions of the land in his name; something that has sparked public concern. But the engineer (name and contacts withheld) has been invited to give clarifications.Ganta, as a rapidly growing city with a huge concentrated population, may soon find itself faced with acute sanitation crisis, if the city government does not take preventive measures.Mayor Suah said they have won a US$48,000 sanitation project from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and it is to supply the GCC materials and provide training for workers.Mayor Suah said USAID has already provided them 150 trash cans, 100 pieces of boots and 100 pieces of wheelbarrow, among others.However, the Mayor said two major problems they have in addressing sanitation in Ganta are the lack of a dumpsite and cemetery.  For the dumpsite, he said a piece of land has been donated but is in dispute. However, they are in negotiations with the conflicting parties, to resolve the issue in order to possess the land.Ganta is a highly populated city in Nimba, contributing to that county’s high population.  The current population of Ganta City, according to the World Bank, is 13, 802.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

USC offense tested

first_img But for all the tradition, hype and privilege of playing in a game shown to 100 percent of the country, this one really rests on the same question as every other USC game this season. Can any team outscore the Trojans? SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Everything here is different for No. 1-ranked USC today, as landmarks like the Golden Dome and the giant mural of Touchdown Jesus impressively greet the Trojans before they take the field. So will rabid fans from about every state in the Midwest, camped out for days in anticipation of this marquee matchup, confident with Notre Dame ranked No. 9 and sporting its pro-style offense under new head coach Charlie Weis. “They had their advantage because I was coming into recruiting late,” Weis said. “Well, it’s X’s and O’s time. Let’s see who has the advantage now.” That comment proved popular with Notre Dame fans, but it didn’t even register with Carroll. He claimed to be unaware of the comment this week and when asked for his opinion, said, “I don’t really care.” The true story of USC games this year isn’t the other team: Oregon (for a half), Arizona State and Arizona proved it’s possible to dent the Trojans’ defense. However, no one kept pace with the offense, which scored at least 38 points in every game. Even last week’s relatively disappointing effort saw turnovers and penalties “limit” the Trojans to 42 points against Arizona. “It’s never been anything other than what our offense does to stop itself, because no one else really has,” center Ryan Kalil said. “It’s been penalties and stuff like that, but not really the other team.” So, while the setting is unlike any other in college football, as NBC will constantly remind viewers, Carroll’s only question will be whether Notre Dame can match points with the Trojans. “They do a great variety of things,” Carroll said. “They do something in one game and then you won’t see it again for a couple of weeks.” That’s one reason USC started watching film of Notre Dame before the Arizona game, generally a no-no in football, but necessary when studying the new-look Irish, who had an extra week of practice to prepare for the Trojans. “That really makes them dangerous,” Carroll said. “In the NFL, you get so familiar with opponents you can’t do the same thing week-in-and-week-out. Well, they have brought the same concept.” USC’s concept changes less and less. White and Reggie Bush are attempting to become the first backs in school history to gain more than 100 yards in four straight games. Bush’s sore knee remains a question, although he practiced most of the week. But he remembered two years ago making a national impression with a 58-yard cutback run for a touchdown and a memorable 38-yard reception. “I guess that was seen as my coming out party and I got a lot of recognition,” Bush said. “I’m a lot more experienced now. I’ve just learned a lot more. I’m bigger and stronger. And this type of game brings out the best in people.” That’s a rare concession on USC’s part that playing in Notre Dame Stadium is special, something the normally cautious Carroll even conceded. While he disdains bowing to tradition, he got his first taste of the rivalry in 2001 and made sure to immediately call legendary USC assistant, the late Marv Goux. “I was talking to Marv on the cell phone as I was walking down the tunnel so that he could tell me what he remembered about it and share the experience of doing that,” Carroll said. “That was just out of respect for him, but it was for fun because he was so colorful about it. “Then we went into the stadium to do our prayer and I mentioned to the players in my mind I wanted to share this game with Goux and I said Marv will be with us every time we ever play this. Then boom, and the thunder hit. And (former assistant) Eddie Orgeron’s eyes got like this and he didn’t know what had happened. “Marv Goux was the connection for me personally to take it to a different level.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week That will be Weis’ daunting task, even with a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback (Brady Quinn) and a more sophisticated playbook than anything seen under Lou Holtz, Bob Davie or Tyrone Willingham. Forget about Touchdown Jesus, the Irish fans will be thinking more about Touchdown USC. “We never think a team will outscore us,” USC offensive lineman Winston Justice said. “We should always score,” tailback LenDale White added. It’s ironic that most of the media focused on Weis this week, with his 15-year NFL career a perfect foil for USC coach Pete Carroll. Of course, Weis planted that seed back in February, shortly after Notre Dame hired him. last_img read more