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As Executive Mansion Project Hangs In The Balance: National Treasury, Historical Artifacts ‘Unaccounted’ For

A special committee set up by the plenary of the House of Representatives to probe the ongoing Executive Mansion renovation work on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 presented its preliminary findings to the plenary.

Plenary is the highest decision making body of the House of Representatives.

The committee, which is chaired by Grand Gedeh County Representative Dr. George SaigbeBoley, disclosed that several contractors and individuals associated with the ongoing renovation are yet to be identified.

The committee saidthat due to the sensitivity of the matter requested an additional time of about three months with an adequate budget support to help facilitate a full scale and detailed investigation into the matter.

The preliminary findings showthat the national treasury and historical artifacts reserved for significance purposes over the period at the Executive Mansion can’t be accounted for neither found.

Additional, the findings recall that between April 2011 and January 2015, a total of US$ 24,788,101.18 was expended to repair the Executive Mansion. Moreover, several contractors, subcontractors and individuals were involved in the Executive Mansion renovation project.

According to a General Auditing Commission(GAC)Report for the period of July 1, 2006 through December 31, 2015, the Executive Mansion renovation contract was awarded in three phases namely: Phase one was for the fourth floor only where the fire took place while phase two was for the renovation of the seven other floors of the mansion that were unaffected by the fire and  phase three was to undo all the renovation work previously done due to the use of substandard materials by the first contractor (CNQC).

The report indicated that the first contractors, state-owned company (CNQC) Quinlian (LIB), which had no extensive experience work in Liberia, but was hired to do the work, something the lawmakers believe led to them using substandard materials as their contract was later on terminated leaving the project as the victim.

Meanwhile, other contractors include: Milton and Richards, Pan African Engineering Group and Cape Resources and Vaxs among others. The report stated that both the first and second contractors of the project did not do justice to the Government of Liberia (GoL).

Moreover, the companies in question are yet to account for their respective roles in the renovation of the Executive Mansion.

It can be recalled that former President Ellen Johnson -Sirleaf also set up a special presidential committee to probe into the same matter, but since the June 21, 2017 release of said report, the findings are yet to be addressed.

It is exactly 14 years since the Executive Mansion was gutted by fire during the 159th Independence Day Celebration of Liberia. The Executive Mansion up to present remains unusable, as the renovation work is incomplete.

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