The newly-inducted leadership of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has earmarked the construction of a headquarters that will adequately accommodate the union as its top priority. PUL president Charles Coffey said this is a project that will be accomplished during his three-year tenure as head of the Union.
He noted that this will be a legacy that will bring pride and dignity to a union that has not boasted of its own headquarters since it was formed in 1964. Coffey, in his inaugural address at the induction ceremony of officials of the PUL in Monrovia on Thursday, said in line with this goal the PUL will liaise with its predecessors and the Civil Law Court to ensure that the case surrounding the construction of the union's headquarters is amicably resolved. It can be recalled that about six years ago, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf contributed US$100,000 towards the construction of a headquarters for the PUL, but officials of the PUL at the time are yet to account for the money provided for the project. President Sirleaf’s contribution towards the project ignited hullaballoo with major qualms surrounding contractual matters. This melee which has also led to allegations of corruption resulted into court action involving two past PUL administrations. However, amidst the stalling of the project, outgoing PUL leader Abdullai Kamara told the Liberia News Agency in October 2015 that with or without the yet to be accounted for donation from the president, construction of the union's headquarters was going to kick-off in early 2016. This promise from the Kamara-led regime was unfulfilled, with the burden of constructing a headquarters now shifted to the Coffey-led administration. Amidst rounds of applaud, journalists from several media outlets who converged in the ballroom of the Monrovia City Hall to witness the induction ceremony, hailed Coffey as he made this resounding promise of fulfilling this dream of every Liberian journalist.