26 December 2012

Liberia: Monitoring Projects Is a Must!


PUBLIC WORKS MINISTER, Samuel Kofi Woods and his cabinet colleague, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan jointly inspected on-going work at CICO's asphalt plant, recently while en route to Lofa County for the official ground breaking ceremony of the concrete pavement of streets in the provincial capital of Voinjama City.

THE PUBLIC WORKS Minister said all will be done to accelerate work on the Redlight-Gbarnga Highway in order to uplift the country's infrastructural sector. 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.

THE FOREIGN MINISTER who is also Dean of the Cabinet said in order to adequately address Liberia's infrastructural challenges; it will be good for cabinet colleagues to support each other. He however cautioned Liberian contractors working 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 Minister also asked some youths who had gone to the site in search of job to be patient as the Government is committed to ensuring that qualified Liberians with various 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 roads in January of this year. Phase 1 of the project commences at Redlight and ends in Gbarnga City, Bong County and the project costs US $166 Million with construction period of 3 years with 7 years maintenance agreement. When completed, the project will significantly impact commercial activities in Montserrado, Margibi and Bong Counties and as such all efforts must be applied to ensure quality work.

HOWEVER, WHILE WE appreciate the government's effort to inspect the Asphalt plant designated to build the RedLight-Gbarnga Highway, it will be prudent for the Ministry of Public Works to carry out a tougher inspection of all road construction work throughout the country as a means of ensuring that these roads are properly built and durable. It should not only be the inspection of asphalt plant but that all projects undertaken by the Government of Liberia should be inspected to ensure quality and longevity.

THIS WILL PUT things in place and avoid the constant patching of roads that get eroded after every raining season. If we ensure quality work, projects such as roads undertaken by this administration will go a long way in fostering or promoting Liberia's developmental effort for generations unborn to see. It is about time that Liberia ensures quality projects and graduate from patching pot-holes that impede the mobility of vehicles and pedestrians.

THE RESPECTIVE CONTRACTORS working on Liberia's infrastructures should also be monitored and their handiwork be inspected by competent engineers to make sure that what this generation is doing in the development of our country will go a long way to benefit the people of the country.

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