The Inquirer (Monrovia)

16 December 2012

Liberia: Hotel Wakorlor Project in Limbo?

This paper has reliably learnt that construction work on Hotel Wakorlor in Grand Cape Mount County has come to a standstill due to attempts by some county leaders to thwart the earlier agreement on the property.

On March 23, 2012, the people of the county and the royal Majestic Construction Company reached a real property management agreement in which the people of the county, including their Superintendent, Madam Catherine Watson-Khasu, and 53rd Legislative Caucus agreed to lease a total of five acres of land with an old structure, formerly known as Hotel Wakorlor in Robertsport in the county.

According to sources, in the contract, the people of the county and their leaders agreed to lease the property to the company for 35 years commencing from 5th day of May 2012 up to and including the 5th day of 2047, and have waived rental payment for the first five years. It was also agreed upon, according to the sources, that the company will work for the improvement and construction of the former Hotel Wakorlor to a modern and international standard hotel.

The sources told this paper that based on the provision of the contract the company began working, only to be stopped by some other authorities of the county.

Some citizens of the county said they do not really know what is obtaining because this was a major project that could give the area a facelift, and more importantly provide job opportunities for the people.

A spokesperson for the company has expressed surprise over the action of some of these county leaders, as it was contrary to the contract reached.

When contacted, Grand Cape Mount Senator, Abel Massaley, who also signed the agreement, admitted the existence of the contract, but said it would be in the interest of the county if the hotel were renovated beginning now ahead of the 2013 July 26 celebrations. The Senator could not blame anyone for halting the renovation of the hotel but believed that the commencement of work has taken too long since the agreement was signed and witnessed.

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