Liberians are expressing their displeasure over the failure of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to use the Executive Mansion, the official residence and office of the Liberian presidency.
The Executive Mansion which was built in the 1950s during the administration of Liberia’s 18th President, the late William V. S. Tubman was abandoned in 2006 when fire guttered the building during the reign of Liberia’s five-man Council of State including former President Charles Taylor.
Since President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to power 2011 her office has abandoned the Executive Mansion, the official homes of the Liberian presidency using the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dozens of Liberians who spoke to journalist today on the failure of the President to use the official home of the Liberian presidency, said they are disappointed in the Liberian leader for her continual failure to occupy the Executive Mansion.
For their part, two lawmakers, Sando Johnson Senator of Bomi County, and Byron Brown, Representative of Grand Bassa County have expressed disappointment in the Liberian leader for abandoning the official home of the Liberian presidency.
The lawmakers questioned the Liberian leader for the various budgetary allocation made by the legislature for the renovation of the Executive Mansion since it was guttered by fire 2006.
“Every year funds are made available for the renovation of the Mansion, but up to date there has been no sign of it being renovated. We want to know what is happening to all the funds provided for this purpose,” Senator Sando Johnson in a serious and disappointing mood questioned.
During the early days of the Liberian civil when Charles Taylor and his National Patriotic Front of Liberia launch a bloody civil war in 1989, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who alleged as one of the supporters of the war was then quoted as saying if the Mansion was destroy it could be built in a week’s time.
But up to date, since this Mansion was guttered by fire in 2006, it is yet to be renovated by the Liberian Government.