The Inquirer (Monrovia)

26 December 2012

Liberia: Red Light-Gbarnga Highway Asphalt Plant Inspected

Minister Samuel Kofi Woods has said that all will be done to accelerate work on the Redlight-Gbarnga highway in order to uplift the country's infrastructure sector. Minister Woods made the comments when he and his cabinet colleague, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan jointly inspected on-going work at CICO's asphalt plant, while en route to Lofa County recently for the official ground breaking ceremony of the concrete pavement of streets in the provincial capital of Voinjama City.

At the inspection site of the almost 60-acres of land facility, Minister Ngafuan expressed satisfaction about the progress of work and pledged to support the work of the Ministry of Public Works.

Foreign Minister Ngafuan said in order to adequately address Liberia's infrastructure challenges; it will be good for cabinet colleagues to support each other.

He however, cautioned Liberian contractors working along with CICO to diligently perform their tasks noting that as Liberians, they too are contributing to the rebuilding process of their country.

For his part, Minister Woods called on the workers not to engage in any act that will impede the progress of work.

The Works Minister also asked some youth who had gone to the site in search of job to be patient as the Government is committed to ensuring that qualified Liberians with varied of skills and competencies will be prioritized and recruited by the company. The Government of Liberia with support from the World Bank signed a contractual agreement with China International Construction Corporation (CICO) for the reconstruction of phase one of the Redlight-Ganta-Guinea border road in January of this year. Phase 1 of the project commences at Redlight and ends in Gbarnga City, Bong County

The project cost is in the tune of US $166 Million with construction period of 3 years follow by 7 years maintenance agreement. "When completed, it will significantly impact commercial activities in Montserrado, Margibi and Bong Counties", Minister Woods said.

The road length is 180.36 Kilometers. Phase-II of the road project which begins from Gbarnga to Ganta Guinea Border is undergoing international procurement and expected to be concluded early 2013.

The Asphalt Plant is nearing completion with actual earth work expected to commence on the road early next year.

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