Ellen Dedicates First Highway Project

By Jefferson D.Tweh

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has dedicated the newly constructed and paved Grand Bassa County Road.    The road extends from Cotton Tree to the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County. Speaking at the dedicatory ceremony yesterday, President Sirleaf lauded CHICO Construction Company for the good work done on the road and called on Bassonians in the Diaspora and in Monrovia to return to their county.

The Liberian leader said in the past it took several hours to reach Buchanan but it now takes less than two hours to enter Toe Port City. She then lauded the citizens of Grand Bassa for their support and called on them to maintain the road so as to last for several years.

The Government of Liberia (GOL) and international partners yesterday dedicated the Buchanan Road project which has been built by China Henan International Cooperation Group Company (CHICO).

Speaking at the dedicatory program, the Deputy Program Director of the Infrastructure Implementation Unit, Ministry of Public Works, Mr. Emmanuel K. Baker said CHICO has offered a training for its local workers over the project duration: operators 105, of whom 55 are still with the company and 200 local workers were trained as surveyors, mechanics, electricians, carpenters, masons and steel benders.

According to Mr. Baker, Liberia,s Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRFT)Provided funds administered by the World and those partners include The European Union, The World Bank, Sweden, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom and Ireland.

Mr. Baker further stated that the Government of Liberia has paid resettlement compensation to project covering 1,158 PAPs at the total amount US$2,558,299.31, broken down as follows: phase one 189 PAPA at US$282,631, phase two 110 PAP at US$324,369.58; phase three 859 PAPAs at US$1, 930, 298.73 and Grant for rehabilitation of the total road length is 80.8 Km linking Cotton Tree Margibi County and Port of (Buchanan Grand Bassa County).

Mr. Amara Konneh said those partners have given US$64 million from the Bank and 47.4 million from Liberia’s Reconstruction Trust Fund.