By Morrison O.G. Sayon from Nimba
The Gbarnga-Ganta Road is expected to be completed by July this year, CHICO, the Chinese Company constructing the road has said. The construction was delayed due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, but with the subsiding of the virus in the country, contractors working on the Redlight-Gbarnga, Gbarnga-Ganta Road are making tremendous progress to complete the road on time.
More progress has been made on the Monrovia-Gbarnga, Gbarnga-Ganta Road since the subsiding of the Ebola virus that ravaged the fabric of the nation while contractors working on the road have even intensified their work on the various segments.
Our reporter who was on an assessment visit with officials of the Ministry of Public Works including Minister William Gyude Moore in Gbarnga and Ganta City observed that serious work is ongoing on the road especially on the Gbarnga-Ganta Road. China Henan International Cooperation Group Co., Ltd (CHICO) a Chinese Company that is constructing the road between Gbarnga and Ganta has assured Government that its portion of the road (lot-2) will be completed by July this year.
CICO another Chinese Company is constructing lot-1 while CHICO is working on lot-2 of the Redlight-Ganta Road. CHICO has assured the Ministry of Public Works that it will complete its portion by the stipulated time.
CHICO’s project is implemented for the design, rehabilitation and maintenance of the road starting fromGbarnga Bridge (km180-360) via Ganta to the Guinea Border at km250-500. The length of the road is about 70.14 km based on the design while it is 68.60km according to the contract. The alignment generally follows the existing road, traversing the undulating terrain.
The project is granted from the International Development Association (IDA) and the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF), towards the cost of the Liberia Urban and Rural Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (URIRP), with the donors of World Bank, European Union, Norway/Norad, German/Kfw, United Kingdom/DFID, Sweden/SidaandIreland/Irish Aid.
The contract is in the tone of US$70,934,619.18 and being funded by IDA & LRTF&the Government of Liberia.
Unlike his predecessor, Dr. Antoinette Weeks, W. Gyude Moore, the new architect of Government’s most prioritized ministry, the Ministry of Public Works has begun showing his footprints to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf with his progressive approach to the construction of roads throughout the country.
Despite the fabulous salary and benefits, President Sirleaf did not see Weeks’ footprints for the three years she stayed as Minister of Public Works. But with the presence of Moore, a very young and progressive person, the ministry is being resurrected thus leading to the implementation of the promises made to the Liberian people by President Sirleaf.