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Over US$40,000 government project abandoned

The Atlantic City Hall in Garraway Administrative District, Grand Kru County, southeast Liberia has been reportedly abandoned by the City Corporation and local authorities of the district.

The Atlantic City Hall was constructed with funding from the county development funds years ago, as a result of request made by citizens on the need for a hall to host meetings and programs, among other fora.

Grand Kru County Superintendent Madam Elizabeth Dempster, during a tour of the district over the weekend, expressed disappointment in the new city leadership headed by Madam Annie Niean, and ineffectiveness of the local authority of the district in maintaining public buildings.

Superintendent Dempster laments that central government spent taxpayers’ money on projects across the county, so they must be properly maintained, to see public facilities being abandoned, has a propensity to undermine the positive legacy of President Ellen Johnson’s leadership that is near completion.

Speaking to this paper in Garraway administrative District, Madam Dempster continues that Grand Kru County authority in consultation with citizens allocated over US$40,000.00 during county seating for the construction of the hall following citizens’ request.

The building is currently in a deplorable condition with damaged roof, and therefore, cannot host any public meeting or activities. Meanwhile, tribal authority and the city authority headed by Madam Annie Niean as Mayor, apologized for abandoning the building and promised to carry on renovation and continuous maintenance of the building to ensure that taxpayers’ money used for the project is not wasted.

Superintendent Dempster has requested the county personnel analyst to submit with immediate effect, payroll of the local authority of Garraway for restructuring by the county administration.

By George K. Momo/ Grand Kru-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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