Due to lack of office spaces for new Lawmakers who were elected in the 2017 elections and following the delineation of districts in 2011, the government of the People’s Republic of China has completed construction of two additional wings of the Capitol Building, the official seat of the Liberian Legislature.
Widely referred to as “Capitol Building,” the seat of the Legislature was constructed and dedicated in 1956 when Dr. William R. Tolbert, Jr. was Vice President of Liberia and President of the Senate; Richard A. Henries as Speaker; and Edwin Morgan as President Pro-tempore.
A Chinese construction Company, Jiangsu Construction, yesterday presented the keys of the two annexes to Senator Conmany Wesseh of River Gee who served as Chairman of the joint committee on modernization of the Legislature.
The two annexes, according to Assistant Public Works Minister, Clarence Wilson, were completed at the cost of US$ 12.9 million.
Senator Wisseh, disclosed that the completed annexes contained 60 offices, 40 offices for the wing of the House of Representatives and 20 for the wings of the Senate.
Moreover, the River Gee Lawmaker revealed that the annexes have other offices for staffers, two separate chambers for the House and the Senate including a modern joint chamber and cafeteria among others.
The Chairman of the Legislature modernization Committee said the two projects will form part of the projects that will be dedicated by President George M. Weah during this year’s Independence celebration in the country.
Senator Wesseh at the same time commended the government of the People’s Republic of China for providing relief for members of the Legislature.
He also commended the Ministry of Public Works for the supervisory role, and the Construction Company and workers for working tirelessly to complete the project in the timeframe.