Westwood Corporation, a Liberian owned road Construction Company which some time ago won a bid for the rehabilitation of the Gbarnga to Zorzor Road project, has again renewed its commitment to successfully completing the rehabilitation exercise in line with specifications spelled out in the agreement between itself and the Ministry of Public Works.
“Already,” stated project manager Jonathan Swaray, “graveling and reshaping from the St. Paul Bridge to Gbarnga (15 Kilometers), which forms a major part of the rehabilitation exercise, has been achieved. This reiterates to the people of Liberia that Westwood has all it takes to fully complete the project as has been demonstrated in the past.
Mr. Swaray indicated that Westwood Corporation’s executives entered into a contractual agreement with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works for the rehabilitation of the Gbarnga to Zorzor road. The cost of the project is estimated at US$8,358,480 while the duration is expected to be about two years.
Reacting to recent media speculation that the project was put on hold by the company, Swaray expressed deep regret over a lack of funding from Government for Westwood to continue the road project led to a six (6) month delay.
According to Mr. Swaray, similar failure by the Government through the Ministry of Public Works to meet up with the financial term of agreement which stipulates that full payment should be made after 50% of rehabilitation work on the road, led to the company withdrawing its personnel and equipment.
With a large fleet of equipment and man power currently being mobilized while putting in place various mechanism to ensure efficiency, the Westwood official expressed satisfaction over the level of work accomplished by the company in recent weeks.
At the moment, Westwood has in its employ several locals, some of whom are helping to buttress road rehabilitation work while putting in place safety standard measure in order to fast track the entire exercise.
When asked about UNMIL’s intervention into the situation by deployment of their earth-moving equipment due to the deplorable nature of the road, Mr. Swaray clarified that at no time was UNMIL asked to embark on any such venture, and that they did it of their own volition. He said now that Government has provided the necessary funding to carry out the project; UNMIL has stopped carrying out work on the road.