Reports filtering here that some members of the First Family have taken over the operations of GSM Company Comium Liberia as a private business has been refuted by the Executive Mansion.
The reaction comes in the wake of news that Comium Liberia, which currently enjoys duty free privilege in the country, has reportedly fallen in trouble with the Government of Liberia, standing the risk of losing such opportunity.
Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmick Piah said government through the legislature started the process of reviewing the law that gives the company a duty free power. Addressing Executive Mansion reporters in a news conference, Piah said the Executive will engage the legislature on the matter.
"In fact, it is only Comium that enjoys duty free amongst all the GSM companies operating in Liberia, and this is something that we met on the book and the President and the government will shortly be taken some steps to ensure that that kind of privilege doesn't exist anymore," he noted.
Piah said if Comium were really owned by President Sirleaf or some members of her relatives, such action wouldn't be contemplated by the government.
Government's posture against Comium comes in the wake of allegation that a member of the first family has bought the company for US$18 million. Sources said the President's eldest son Robert Sirleaf, has bought the company through a Lebanese businessman.
But the Executive Mansion has disassociated President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all members of the first family from Comium Liberia. In another development, the Government of Liberia has appreciated the United Nations for lifting the travel ban on some Liberians.
Presidential spokesman Piah said the President will remain engaged with the UN to ensure that all Liberians are free from the ban, adding the President advocated for all Liberians, who were on the ban to be free, but the UN selected those they wanted out. He said it is the hope of the President that those just released from the ban will continue to work in the confines of the laws.
Meanwhile, it has been disclosed here that President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf will lead an official delegation shortly to attend the funeral of falling Ghanaian President John Atta Mills on 10 August.