Liberia’s Acting Minister of Public Works, William G. Moore, last week visited ArcelorMittal Liberia in Yekepa as the long-awaited Ganta-Yekepa highway pavement project approaches the starting date in March.
Minister Moore and his team arrived after an earlier visit by the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) team, who hosted a meeting between ArcelorMittal Liberia’s community liaison department and county leaders.
Minister Moore said that the visit to the ArcelorMittal Liberia management was aimed at enhancing GOL’s partnership with the steel company on the Ganta-Yekepa road pavement project.
The Minister commended ArcelorMittal for its US$40m funding of the highway pavement project. He added that CSE (Compagnie Sahelienne d’Enteprises), the Senegalese construction company that won the bid to pave the road, is presently mobilizing its equipment to start construction next month.
The chief technical officer and general manager of ArcelorMittal Liberia, Prasad Prayaga Sreenivas, expressed the company’s appreciation for the Minister’s visit not only to update the company but also to ensure that the work would start on time.
After giving reassurances of ArcelorMitta’s commitment to Liberia, Prasad gave the Minister an update on the company’s 2014 iron ore production figures and 2015 shipment figures.
The CTO informed Minister Moore that earlier in the week, the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) team, headed by Assistant Minister Prince Tugbeh, arrived in Nimba County and held a series of meetings with ArcelorMittal Liberia’s community liaison department and the county leadership.
The team was in the county to sensitize citizens about the claim process, including a verification exercise to ensure that fraudulent claims would be identified.
The contract between the Ministry of Public Works and Senegalese contractor CSE was signed in Monrovia last December.