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The president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Charles Coffey, has assured members of the Liberian media that the construction of the headquarters of the Union is on an irreversible path.

Image result for Charles Coffey liberiaCoffey said the leadership will endeavor to ensure that the union's headquarters is erected regardless of the budgetary constraints being faced by the body.
He, however, refuted claims allegedly made recently by a stalwart of the union that the PUL leadership had engaged in a bogus contractual agreement which will see the body benefit from a 20 percent kickback from the US$300,000 allocated in the national budget for the construction of the PUL headquarters.
"At no time did the PUL reach any decision or any agreement with anyone. The process is ongoing and the Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) process will be followed," Coffey said.
He said that the PUL anticipation was to construct a modern headquarters valued at over US$500,000, but as the result of competing priorities in budgetary allocation, the Legislature deemed it necessary to allocate US$300,000.
Against this backdrop, Coffey noted that if the PUL is to meet its priority of constructing a modern headquarters, the body will need to look for additional funding or donations from its membership and other sources.
"If somebody is insinuating to malign our character because of the progress we are making, then it is sad," he added. "I want to assure you that we shall remain focused, the plans and decisions to construct a headquarters of the PUL is irreversible, no matter how people turn to put up dark cloud, we have gone through the process and the legal thing will be done," he noted.
It can be recalled that in 2008, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf presented the sum of US$100,000 to the PUL as initial contribution for the construction of the union's headquarters.
The PUL, headed by George Barpeen at the time, claimed to have deposited the money in an escrow account at the bank, but until now the funds presented by President Sirleaf cannot be accounted for, leaving the union to linger in a rental property for close to 10 years since the funds disappeared in thin air.

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