Touring the Balli Island on March 26, 2018, the President voiced his intentions of transforming the island into ‘new Monrovia’ with a state-of-the-art conference center, skyscrapers, shopping malls, office buildings, banks etc. Others argue that the island has been designated as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention and must not be touched. Hence, when the Mesurado wetlands (encompassing the Balli Island) were designated in 2006, Liberia joined global conservation efforts. We agreed to protect mangroves, birds, and crocodiles of different species on the Balli Island. It also means that the President can sell public land to whomsoever he pleases.
Source: Front Page Africa April 15, 2018 23:03 UTC