Six Liberian-owned construction companies that are currently constructing the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (EJS) Housing Estate in Marshall, Lower Margibi, were yesterday honored by officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA).
Those honored and certificated include the C.J. Construction, LINK, Vertus, Cusmos, American and Triple ‘N’ construction companies.
They are constructing over 50 affordable housing units at the EJS Housing Estate. The new units will be part of the NHA’s 5,000 Affordable Housing Units, Home Ownership and Mortgage Program formulated in 2012 in collaboration with the Housing Sector Working Group.
Mr. Prince Wreh, NHA Deputy Managing Director for Administration, in his remarks, reacted to what he referred to as the negative perception about Liberian-owned companies not being serious and not capable of undertaking any projects assigned to them effectively.
Judging by the performance of the honorees, Mr. Wreh admonished those with such negative views to desist and instead support and encourage Liberians who are engaged in establishing their own companies.
Madam Rema F. Fawaz, head of Vertus Construction, thanked the NHA for the Certificates of appreciation presented to her and the other honorees and promised to justify the confidence reposed in them that could lead to more contracts from government and other entities.
Managing Director Samuel Wlue expressed NHA’s satisfaction with the work the six construction companies have done at the EJS.
Mr. Wlue also encouraged them not to give credence to detractors, but do their best to erase any negative impressions about Liberian-owned firm whether construction firms or other business establishments.
The NHA administration, he pledged, will continue to award contracts to qualified Liberian construction companies once the contractors meet all the requirements in keeping with the Public Procurement and Concession Act (PPCA).
Earlier in their separates remarks, representatives from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Liberian Bank for Development and Investment’s Mortgage Consultant, Edwina Zackpa, and Dorbor Jallah, Executive Director of PPCC, commended the construction companies for their dedication and commitment to their respective contracts.
They urged the contractors to maintain their integrity by keeping to their contract time lines in order to earn for themselves more government contracts.