FrontPageAfrica Newspaper – Press Union of Liberia Denies Signing New Contract For Headquarters

Monrovia – After providing two conflicting stories to save its image from what appears to be a bogus headquarters agreement, the Press Union of Liberia has again provided another account, this time denying ever finalizing a contract for its head office.

Report by Willie N. Tokpah – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The union has been under tough scrutiny recently for entering into a bogus agreement leading to a contract for the construction of its headquarters outside the PPCC guidelines.

According to report, Coffey earlier affixed his signature to an agreement before travelling to the US to attend the recently held convention for the All Liberian Journalists in the Americas.

This raised eyebrows over the status of the previous contract signed by the union and another contractor, as a source close to the union questioned, “Who pays the debt of the old contractor because his contract has not yet ended and the union is going into a new contract?”

There is still uncertainty over the status of previous contract signed in 2008 when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf donated US$100,000 for the construction of the headquarters of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) while the union plans to enter into a new contract which would place it into extra obligation with its old contractor.

The agreement, a copy of which is in the possession of FrontPageAfrica awards a US$300,000 pre-financing contract to Civil Design Inc. without going through the Public Procurement Concession Commission process.

But following his return from the US, PUL President Charles Coffey Thursday denied signing a new contract noting that negotiation is still ongoing for its national headquarters in Monrovia contrary to report that it has completed the process outside the PPCC Regulations.

Coffey told a news conference at the union headquarters that the union’s ongoing consultation leading to the construction of its official office takes into…

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