By Morrison O.G. Sayon
The complete upgrading and pavement of the Ganta-Yekepa Highway in Nimba County is expected to get underway soon with the signing of an agreement between the Government of Liberia and a construction company. On Tuesday, the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Public Works and the Cempagine Sahelien D’Entrepprises (CSE) signed an agreement for the complete rehabilitation and pavement of the long-awaited Ganta-Yekepa road project.
Giving an overview of the project, Mr. Emmanuel K. Baker, Deputy Project Director of Infrastructure Implementation Unit (IIU), disclosed that the Liberian Government has signed a US$37.28 million agreement with CSE, a Senegalese Company to begin the upgrading and the complete rehabilitation of the Ganta-Yekepa Highway.
Mr. Baker said the project is expected to begin immediately following the signing of the agreement and pointed out that the complete rehabilitation and pavement of the highway will last for 24 months.
Baker said the Ministry of Public Works will revisit the pavement and design of the 70-kilometer road that will be a high level three layers asphalt road project. The project is being funded by ArcelorMittal, the giant steel company operating in Nimba, Grand Bassa and Bong Counties.
In brief remarks, the Operations Manager of CSE, Mr. Mamadou Damba Sow, assured the Liberian Government and the people of Nimba that his company is prepared to carry on quality work on the Ganta-Yekepa Road.
Mr. Sow added that CSE will include Liberian employees and firms as it begins the rehabilitation and upgrading of the road.
For his part, a Board Member of ArcelorMittal, Mr. J. Carney Johnson, expressed optimism that CSE will do its best in the road construction project. He assured of ArcelorMittal’s commitment to assisting Liberia in its reconstruction process.
Also Speaking, the Chairman of the Legislative Caucus of Nimba, Thomas Gupee lauded ArcelorMittal for providing US$40 million for the construction of the Ganta-Yekepa road project and said the beginning of the road project is a dream comes true.
He said the people of Nimba have long awaited the construction of the road which is a major highway in the country and added that LAMCO operated in their county for over 50 years without helping towards the rehabilitation of the road.
By Morrison O.G. Sayon