A civil society organization, Societal Reform Initiative for Peace Building Network (SRIPBN), has commended the Senate for ratifying the pre-financing agreement between the Government of Liberia and East International Group Incorporated to construct roads in and around Monrovia.
SRIPBN had initially objected to and spoken against this agreement on the basis that its officials felt that Liberian-owned construction companies were not prioritized as the Liberianization Policy demands.
The group also argued that East International Group “has no work history in and outside Liberia and does not have the capacity to carry on quality road construction works for the longtime benefit of our people.”
But at a press conference held yesterday in Monrovia, the SRIPBN national chairman, Amos B.S. Kanneh, said the organization has reconsidered its previous stance after some thorough research and analyses.
“Having researched and made use of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Laws of Liberia, coupled with the detailed analysis done on the agreement, we wish to state that this agreement is in the interest of citizens and residents of community roads to be constructed,” he said.
Kanneh indicated that during the research it was established that EIG is a legally established institution with proven record of performance in road construction in and outside of Liberia.
“In fact, we were erroneously informed that the company won this contract outside the Public Procurement and Concession Commission Regulations of 2010, which speaks to the public bidding process. On the contrary, we have come to realize that EIG was selected after a competitive bidding process. Even the general manager of the company is a young enterprising Liberian; thereby Liberianizing the company.
“Furthermore, we are delighted that East International Group has entered into an agreement with the Government of Liberia to pre-finance the construction of over thirty (30) neighborhood roads in and around Monrovia.
“The agreement will help to alleviate the many years of traveling difficulties experienced by Liberians residing in the affected communities and boost economic activities in those communities,” Mr. Kanneh said.
“We want to call on critics of this agreement to abandon their quest and join us in lauding the Liberian Senate for the ratification of this important agreement which will create the space to easily provide social deliveries to citizens residing in the earmarked communities.”
Meanwhile, SRIPBN has called on the House of Representatives to immediately concur with the Liberian Senate to ratify the agreement so that the projects can commence.
SRIPBN comprises of several civil society institutions operating throughout Liberia.
Last week, the Senate unanimously voted to pass into law the pre-financing agreement for the pavement of 24.5km of existing secondary roads from Klay to DC Clarke in Bomi County, and 51 Km of selected neighborhood roads in Monrovia and its environs.