Gbarnga to Guinea Border Road Project in Progress

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    China Henan International Corporation Group, Ltd. (CHICO) which won a Road Asset Management Contract for the design, rehabilitation and maintenance of the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border road project had embarked on phase two of the Gbarnga to Guinea border road project.

    According to Kpehe Border, Human Resource Manager of the project, CHICO remains committed to upholding its professional expertise in road construction in Liberia and is ever up to the task to ensure that the road rehabilitation exercise is fully completed in keeping with the time frame set in the agreement between CHICO and the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works.

    In an effort to smoothly carryout road works on the highway as well as meeting the project deadline, CHICO, Borley narrated, continues to straightly comply with all safety regulations while at the same time conducting regular briefings to help educate workers in each department on a daily basis.

    While tremendous progress were achieved in carrying out the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) in Bong County, Boley indicated that implementing same in Nimba County was proving somewhat difficult, thereby expressing optimism that citizens in that part of the country will corporate in order to smoothly complete the RAP exercise.

    “At the moment” disclosed Borley, “workers and staffers of the company currently working on the road project received just salary and compensation for work performance in line with the minimum wage standard set by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Labor.”

    Similarly, the management of the company assures the public of CHICO’s preparedness and willingness to successfully complete and turnover the road project according to schedule and will continue to help in the reconstruction drive of post-war Liberia.

    He then expressed thanks and gratitude to all residents along the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border for the level of cordial working relationship and disclosed that no residents will be victimized as the result of CHICO’s work.

    Wang Ji, acting project manager, said a total of 52 culverts have already been installed while earth work has been conducted at about 30 kilometers but lamented that the recent shortage of fuel in the country temporarily brought the project to a halt.

    Wang said the company has employed a total of 616 local staffs most of whom were residing along the project area, declaring that the people of Liberia will deserve nothing less than quality and durable road.

    The Government of Liberia on Wednesday, May 8, 2013  signed a US$70 million agreement with CHICO for the construction of the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guniea Border which is 70 Kilometers linking the  central provincial city of Gbarnga and the Guinea border, via Ganta in the north-eastern part of the country.

    Program marking the signing of the contract agreement between the GOL and CHICO was held at the Sanniquellie Administrative Building in Nimba County. The contract for the construction of the road project is value at US$70 million with funds being provided by the GOL and the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF) EU, Irish Aid, SIDA and NORAD. The LRTF is a multi-donor trust fund for infrastructure development in Liberia following 14 years of civil war.

    CHICO was previously involved in the construction of a 165 kilometer stretch of road connecting Monrovia to the eastern port city of Buchanan, making business and travel easier for citizens and businesspeople in the country.

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