14 Jan
2020

World Sanctified Cathedral, Foreign National in “Land Dispute”

first_imgA scene of the students protest on Wednesday at Word Sanctified High School.A long standing land dispute between the leadership of the World Sanctified Cathedral facilities and a Lebanese national took a dramatic turn on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 when students of the World Sanctified High School (WSHS) staged a “peaceful protest” demanding authorities of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) to re-enforce the zoning law.The properties in question are located in Congo Town, opposite the newly constructed Ministerial Complex.According to the students, who said they are being prevented from accessing their school facilities, the enforcement of the zoning law will allow the reopening of an alley providing free passage to the church that is hosting the school.The alley is the only access the students, parents and the churchgoers use to enter the Word Sanctified facility, but it has been blocked reportedly by one George Nheme, a Lebanese businessman.While Nheme is yet to the speak to the issue, the ongoing construction in the alley has continued without let and has effectively prevented the passage of students and other churchgoers from accessing their facility.The facility includes the Word Sanctified Cathedral of Faith and a school situated just behind the JAC car depot, adjacent to the Old Susan Berry Compound, opposite the newly constructed ministerial complex.Though the students’ protest was ‘peaceful,’ they have resolved to mount the pressure or else the school will not resume any academic activity for the rest of the school year, a development likely to create serious problems for 12th graders that are expected to sit the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in May.Abraham Daryours, the student council president, said their protest was intended to create public  awareness about the several challenges they face, owing to the ongoing construction that is blocking easy passage to the school.Student Daryours said after government placed stop orders on the construction in alley, they were informed early Wednesday morning to use the road from the swamp to the school which will be very impassable during the rainy season.He called on the government to quickly rescue the institution, because if the building is constructed in the alley, students will not have access to the campus, a situation which may not augur well for those expected to sit the WASSCE.Blessing Keita, a female secretary to the student council government, said it is unfortunate for the school to be engaged in land dispute with a foreign national, whose intention is to block the access road leading to the campus without government’s timely intervention.Student Keita said when the construction first started, few students and the school administration engaged authorities at the MoPW, but the ministry placed a stop order on the project. “It was surprising to see that the contractors are building a fence to block the road allowing easy passage to the school.She said closing the alley will deny them access to education, which will prepare them for the future.World Sanctified Bible Cathedral Bishop, J. Maxwell Seh, said there are Deeds that showed the construction site in question is an alley on public property.Bishop Seh said the land fight began in 2011, when the MPW sent a zoning team that established  the site as an alley, noting that the ministry placed an X mark on the building to signify a halt to further construction.He said the Word Sanctified Cathedral has several other facilities, which are now being closed, because of a fence constructed to protect adjacent properties from ‘intruders.’“There is no other way leading to the church premises that contain a daycare and high school, a bible school, reception hall, pastors’ quarters and a large cathedral for worship services,” Bishop Seh said.He said the fence in question is an “embarrassment to our existence as a church, and school.”“The alley is from the Tubman Boulevard, which is just a block away from the church fence. It  should be opened, or the one directly behind the one acre of land adjacent to the Susan Berry property from the football field should be opened to give us access to our church compound,” Bishop Seh declared.He said on previous occasions, when the situation was unfolding, the Word Sanctified Ministries International wrote a letter of complaint to Public Works Minister, Mobutu Nyepan, seeking his kind intervention in an “unjust and embarrassing situation that the institution was at present facing.”A copy of a letter from the ministry obtained by this newspaper indicates that the Minister had instructed the director of Zoning to probe the impasse and report back to his office.But while the probe is yet pending, the construction work has continued up to Wednesday, April 17, 2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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11 Jan
2020

Police honor citizens willing to help

first_imgJanice said the guy even stopped, pulled a knife out of his jacket and waved it threateningly at them as they sat in their car watching him. Yeah, it was scary, but they’d do it again, Bianca said Thursday as she and her mom were honored by the command staff of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Division and City Councilman Dennis Zine. “I told Bianca, `It’s all right, baby. If he takes another step toward us with that knife, I’ll run him over’ – and I would have,” Janice said. The guy must have seen the look in her eyes because he put his knife away and tried to escape. Police arrested him a block away. All because Bianca and her mom didn’t look the other way. Bianca Rodriguez and her mom, Janice, didn’t have to get involved. They could have looked the other way and kept on walking when they saw a man slash through the roof of a convertible Mustang to steal a cell phone and some other items on the front seat. It wasn’t their car. Why take any chances? But they didn’t look the other way. Janice got on her cell to call 911, and while she and Bianca waited for police to respond, they followed the man as, trying to break in, he smashed a window of another car. “Most people who see something like this close their eyes and walk away, never thinking that they could be the next victim of this guy,” Zine said. “They got involved. They didn’t back away. And for that, we thank them.” Last year in the San Fernando Valley, there were 12,000 reported motor-vehicle break-ins. In the past month alone, there were 237 more, says West Valley Division Capt. John Sherman. “It’s the most prolific crime problem we have in the Valley, and it’s on the rise,” he said. Too many people leave valuables in plain sight in their cars and forget to lock their doors or set their alarms, he added. “We need more citizens to help us catch these car burglars. We don’t want anyone putting themselves in danger and trying to make an arrest, but we do want them to call with license plate numbers and descriptions.” Bianca and her mom did a lot more than that on Dec. 16 on Sherman Way in Reseda when they decided not to close their eyes and walk away. So did Carlos Cardova and Gayle Rymer, who were also honored Thursday. Gayle manages a condo complex in Encino, and Carlos is one of her maintenance men. A few weeks ago, Carlos was taking trash out to the bin when he saw a man walking from car to car in the parking area looking in windows. When Carlos asked him what he was doing, the guy ran to a nearby car, where two other men were waiting. Gayle called 911 and joined Carlos following them in his car. Gayle remained on her cell, giving police the location of the men, and they were arrested a few blocks away. Surveillance tape in the parking area viewed later showed the three men tampering with cars for about 20 minutes. “There’s no doubt that if we don’t become proactive, next time we could be the victim,” Gayle said. “It’ll be our car being broken into. “I’m proud of what Carlos and I did. There are three less guys breaking into cars today.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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