The Auto Parts Dealers Union of Liberia Incorporated (APDULI) has embarked on a US$575,000 building project.
The union’s president, Alhaji S. M. Sesay, made the disclosure during an interaction with scores of journalists yesterday. They later toured the project’s site in Clara Town.
Sesay said a little over US$125,000 generated from members has been used on the project.
The project, he said comprises 70 shops, an office space, a conference room, bathrooms, among other compartments.
In order to have the project completed, he said, about US$400,000 more is needed, which the union remains hopeful to get from the government.
“We believe that having such business facilities will help to attract government in doing business with the union. We want to benefit from national government and this is one of the best ways for us as a union to have,” Sesay said.
He called on the government and partners to support the union as its members are seriously working to raise the much needed funds for the project.
He said the project was scheduled to have been completed in two years, which has elapsed.
“We want to applaud all our members for their support to this worthy project, which is the first of its kind in the country. Over 1,000 members are committed in paying their dues to ensure that our dream is realized,” president Sesay said.
Mr. Sesay called on the government, politicians, local and international partners to help the union to complete the project.
Since the union was established in 2012, he said, it has extended its membership to all parts of the country.
Also speaking, William T. Bombo chairman on the building committee, said the union is seeking support because of the economic situation in now in the country, which has slowed down the project.
Mr. Bombo said the initiative will empower Liberians in the auto parts business as well as improve business relations the government and others.