28 December 2012

Liberia: Justice Ministry to Be Relocated

Officials at the Ministry of Justice are advanced in preparation for the relocation of the ministry from its present location on Ashmud Street to a new location in Sinkor, this paper has learnt from Justice Ministry insiders.

Though there is no official confirmation of the planned relocation, it is gathered that a new building has been identified on 9th Street in Sinkor and preparation including renovation works are in full swing.

The relocation, if all goes well, will be effected in January of 2013.

Insiders fell short stating the cost of the relocation from Ashmud Street to 9th Street. They also fell short saying how much is being paid to the new land-lord of the building to be occupied.

Stating reasons behind the relocation, insiders said the current building is no longer in good shape or strong.

The Ministry of Public Works reportedly conducted a standard structural test on the building to determine its current state and found the building not to be that strong again.

On the basis, it advised officials of the Justice Ministry to relocate to a new building so as to avoid future catastrophe, insiders hinted.

This is to say that the ministry is about to end a very long period of renting a private entity and about to begin another seemingly protracted renting period in Sinkor.

Government is losing thousands of United States dollars to private property owners, and the ministry of Justice building is one of the rented buildings.

The Liberian government few months announced plans for the construction of a ministerial complex that will host all government offices, but work is yet to begin.

It may be recalled that the government of former President Samuel Doe broke ground for the construction of a ministry of justice complex, but could not construction work could not take off due to the war.

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