Ellen’s Concession Chief Turns ‘Beggar’ Too

Mr. Lahai Lansanna

Some plantation workers under the banner “Youth for Progressive Development” from two southeastern counties of Liberia said the Concession Dispute Coordinator, former Bomi County Senator, Lahai Lansanna is an embarrassment to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf due to what they termed begging spree he has embarked on.

Speaking to reporters last recently at the Maryland Guest House in Sinkor, Monrovia, Morris S. B. Toe head of the group, said Mr. Lansanna is using his office to solicit for both financial and technical support from some concession companies in the Country.

“Our investigation have established that Mr. Lansanna has been requesting some companies in western Liberia and in recent times in the south east for money,” he said. “this man goes around using his position, we are told, to call some officials from the concession companies to request for money. This is very bad. He called GVL official recently and later Maryland Oil Palm officials telling them he wants to visit the areas, but the roads are bad and he needed pickup with gasoline for him to get there. We think this is a disgrace to the office of the President for Mr. Lansanna to beg all over the place as if he does not have budget to operate,” He told reporters.

Mr. Morris also alleged that Mr. Lansanna office has been questioned by the concession companies due to his behavior. “If you are a coordinator, you need to have your budget to operate and all the basic working materials should be made available to enhance your work. But if you do not have such, it makes people to question your credibility.”

He further added that the association of concession companies has written the minister of Internal Affairs seeking clarity from him about the status of Mr. Lansanna. “If he was behaving like a coordinator, I think the concession companies will not doubt his credibility. Mr. Lansanna would not comment on the allegations despite several efforts to obtain his version of the story.

Some Liberians who spoke to this online network wondering as to what are some of the guidelines laid out for those who are appointed by the President as Coordinator for Concession.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.