At long last, Hotel Wakorlor situated in Robertsport City, Grand Cape Mount County has been awarded to a Liberian investor for renovation and subsequent operations.
Hotel Wakorlor, formally Hotel Victoria was constructed in the early seventies by former Liberian President, William R. Tolbert to accommodate guests who had gone for the celebration of the country's 126th Independence in Robertsport City.
The seventy-five bedroom hotel was badly damaged as a result of the many years of civil unrest in the country.
Forty years later, the hotel was awarded to a group known as "Royal Majesty (RM)" for renovation to its pre-war status or even more.
In an interview with the Chairman of the Grand Cape Mount County Legislative Caucus, Senator Abel M. Massalay, he disclosed that the hotel was awarded to RM by the Caucus during a mass meeting held in Sinji, Garwula District.
He disclosed that RM has already shipped some equipment to Liberia from the United States to begin the work. He said the company will shortly submit a "blue print" to the caucus for its review.
However, Grand Cape Mount County Junior Senator, Edward B. Dagoseh differs with his colleagues, Sen. Massalay, Representatives Emerson V. Kamara, Aaron Vincent and Mambu Sonii all of whom have supported the awarding of the contract to RM.
Sen. Dagoseh said they requested a blue print from RM as to how they intend to carryout the exercise, but is yet to present any document since the meeting.
"I am not aware of the hotel being awarded to any company, not to my knowledge."
The decision to award the hotel began under the last minutes of the administration of former Superintendent Catharine W. Khatsu.
The current Superintendent Imam Mohammed Paasewe has also disclosed that he has little or no knowledge on the awarding of the hotel.
"There is no document on my desk concerning the awarding of contract to any company or group, but we are in consultation with the caucus to make sure that the right thing is done. We don't want to run the issue of the hotel in the press" Supt. Paasewe explained.
Report says Hotel Wakorlor was build from taxes collected from citizens of Cape Mount by the Tolbert Administration. It was later turnover to the people of the county and name changed from Hotel Victoria to Hotel Wakorlor.
Interestingly, the hotel was not awarded through a bidding process, but rather through a mutual agreement.
Moreover, Sen. Massalay indicated that the hotel belongs to the people of Grand Cape Mount County and not the Government of Liberia. "The hotel is for the people of Cape Mount and did not need to go through government bidding procedure" he said.
Sen. Massalay further indicated that Royal Majesty is owned by a group of Liberians living in the Diaspora. He said they are real estate developers who have businesses in many parts of the United States of America and elsewhere.
Sen. Massalay said they wrote the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) to provide guidance to the process, but the PPCC refused on grounds that the hotel does not belong to the government.
Hotel Wakorlor is situated on a hill top in Robertsport City and facing the Atlantic Ocean.
A stone throw away from it is a resort called "Nana Lodge" one of the biggest tourism sites in Liberia. It is widely believed that the ocean waves along the coast of Robertsport is 'good and perfect for surfing.'
Whatever the situation may be concerning the awarding of Hotel Wakorlor, every stakeholder of the county needs to be aware so as to clarify misinformation amongst citizens.