Liberian human rights lawyer, Counselor T. Dempster Brown, on Monday October 1, 2012, filed a petition before Justice in Chambers, Philip A.Z. Banks, for the Alternative Writ of Prohibition with the Supreme Court of Liberia over plans by the Government of Liberia (GOL) to demolish the building.
In a conversation with Capitol Fm over the weekend, Nagbe maintained that the building will be demolished because it has been determined after an assessment that it is not structurally sound.
“Whether or not we were building a ministerial complex that building was going to be broken down,” Nagbe said, noting, “In addition to it been structurally unsound, the site was deemed appropriate and ideal for the construction of the ministerial complex”, Nagbe stated.
Commenting on the cost of the planned demolition, Nagbe said the Liberian government received a grant of 60 million from the Chinese which is the cost of the new ministerial complex. According to Minister Nagbe, there is no part of the agreement that says Government of Liberia will spend US$4 million to destroy the new Defense Ministry.
“The Chinese will fully handle all the works associated with this project and government will not spend a single penny during the construction,” he indicated.
“At US$60 million, the project is the biggest Chinese construction project in Africa other than the AU building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and it is a plus for Liberia,” he stressed, adding construction of the ministerial complex will harmonize the workings of government, reduce cost, bring ministries together; as they will no longer pay rent to private individuals, thus saving government money, and decongesting central Monrovia.
“People complain that government spends too much on renting private properties and when we find solution to a problem there will be people who will find problem for the solution. The demolition of this building will even save the government some money because having been declared structurally unsound, at some point we would have pull it down”, he averred.