By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas
In a bid to restore abandoned public structures in the country, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has challenged Liberian architects to design plans and strategies for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of those facilities.
The Liberian leader further urged Liberian architects to partner with government for the restoration of the abandoned monument on the historic Providence Island in Monrovia and the completion of several abandoned public buildings.
Speaking Thursday in Monrovia during the official opening of the First National Convention of the Liberia Institute of Architects, and the 56th Council Meeting of the Africa Union of Architects, President Sirleaf expressed displeasure over the deplorable state of many public facilities.
President Sirleaf indicated that Liberian architects will be exciting partnership with government if they come up with concrete plans or proposals that are needed to rehabilitate or complete unfinished public structures across the country,
She, however, promised that government will empower architects in the country if they submit plans or proposals based on research, innovation, and collectively.
“We further called for a robust partnership between the Government of Liberia, the Liberia Institute of Architects and the African Union of Architects, President stressed”.
For his part, the President of the African Union of Architects has urged the Government of Liberia to collectively work with the Liberia Institute of Architects to establish relevant policies to sustain the development of the country.
Mr. Kaisi Kalambo said both government and LIA must put in place appropriate measures to address the need of affordable shelter for Liberians in order to alleviate urban poverty.
He spoke at the 56th Council Meeting of the Union and the First National Convention of the Liberia Institute of Architects currently taking place in Monrovia.
“Government should work closely with Liberian architects to safeguard professionalism and the value of money paid for architectural services, he intimated”.
Mr. Kalambo added that government must also partner with Liberian architects to ensure the preservation of historic buildings in the country.
Some of the public buildings include the Centennial Memorial Pavilion, Executive Pavilion and the Capitol Building among others.