Judge Gbeneweleh Lifts Stay Order on Electricity Construction Works for 4 Countries

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Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of the Civil Law Court, Temple of Justice

The National Contracting Company’s efforts to suspend its  1,350 km transmission line project that would have allowed electricity power export from Cote D’Ivoire to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea ended on Wednesday, December 23 when Civil Law Court ‘A’ upheld the contract.

In his ruling, Judge Peter Gbeneweleh said that the request by the Global Group, one of the contracting companies, to halt the civil foundation works for breach of contract is denied and the resistance to the motion filed by NCC is sustained. “NCC that is the respondent is hereby ordered to proceed with the construction of the project pending the hearing and determination of Global Group, the plaintiff’s preliminary injunction.”

Judge Gbeneweleh further ruled that the complaint for preliminary injunction arises from the lawsuit the ‘Action of Damages for Breach of Contract’ that was filed by the Global Group against the NCC, where they claimed the amount of US$209,762 as special damages constituting the total contract price, which they argued that the NCC had refused to settle.

The lawsuit against the NCC also claimed the amount of US$60,000 as special damages representing the payment for equipment rental, rental of vehicles, sand, crushed rocks, cement, as well as other construction and warehouse materials, and the amount of US$500,000 as general damages for the mental anguish and psychological injuries the inconvenience and embarrassment they have, and the suffering at the instance of the NCC and the Liberian National Police (LNP).

Further to the suit, the Global Group had argued that on August 31, 2020, they entered into a contractual agreement with the NCC for the civil foundation works of Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea’s interconnection project of 225kv overhead transmission line Lot2: which they asked the court to halt any future work pending the outcome of their suit for breach of contract.

Before Judge Gbeneweleh’s decision, Global Group as part of their case filed an Indemnity Bond in the amount of US$500,000 on August 31, 2020, which said bond was approved by the court and a temporary restraining order against the NCC operation issued that prohibited the construction project.

Later, NCC filed its resistance asking the court to vacate the restraining order with a indemnity Bond in the amount of aUS$600,000. Further in the court ruling, Gbeneweleh said “The court notes from the record in the case that the NCC paid the fine of US$600,000 upon the bill of information filed before the court on September 18, 2020 for violation of the temporary restraining order issued on August 31.”

Gbeneweleh also ruled that the temporary restraining order that was issued on August 31 which halted further construction of the project elasped after ten days of its issuance and service, explaining that “The records before the court are devoid of any extension of the temporary restraining order which further enjoined the NCC from further Construction of the project.”

The interconnector aims to provide these countries with an increased supply of electricity to meet growing demand and to create incentive for hydropower potential, such as in Sierra Leone and Guinea, to be realised. Approximately 12.5% of the total Project cost will finance rural electrification, with an ITF Direct Grant Operation to cover the extra costs of implementing this in Sierra Leone. 

The requested TA for the first phase of the work of the Owner’s Engineer (OE) – project preparation – is closed. This technical assistance started in September 2014 and was extended in 2015 in view of delay caused notably by the increase in the number of lots and by the time needed for the review of the bidding documents by various donors.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Reporter Davis, didn’t you think readers would be interested in knowing who the lawyers on both sides in this case were, for future reference?

  2. Liberia is a small nation; with ample resources, to develop its own electric-power grid. This arrangement with La Vote D’ voir/Ivory Coast, to be Liberia’s [PRIMARY] source for electrical power, will infact put Liberia at the mercy of Cote D’ivoire/Ivory Coast. Little by Little; Ghana, Guinea, IIvory Coast, Nigeria and Perhaps Burkina Faso… are becoming to look more like the new colonizing powers of Liberia. We, Liberians must take total [ECONOMIC] control of our beloved Liberia in every way. The time is now; not later. *We now have foreigners controlling just about everything commercial in Liberia. How sad 🤣😭 and ridiculous! Liberia needs a team of qualified and patriotic professionals.

  3. since 1847 to today, Liberia and its people have always been taken advantage of and robbed by those our people in good-faith consistently elect as their leaders with impunity. Government after government elected to power for the common good of Liberia and residents, has always and mainly focused on STEALING from Liberia and our people. So this is the case today for Liberia and residents. But sooner and not later, Liberia and our people are getting there and understanding that Liberia and residents are simply robbed. Liberia’s election of December 8, 2020, has started to set the record and sent a clear and unequivocal message.

    Our people can see clearly now and the time of the people has come. We note that 2023 is NEAR.

    After using Liberia’s taxpayers’ money to buy votes and truck voters from-place-to-place, Mr. Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government totally lost 13 out of Liberia’s 15 counties in shame and total disgrace.

  4. Cllr Jayweh,
    You deserve to be credited because you have told only one side of the story. You could have gotten the full credit if you had told the full story. The part of the story you did not tell is that the CPP/Rainbow Coalition did not make a full political sweep in the Southeast of Liberia. I have learned from experience that in Democratic societies, usually the ruling party takes a beating at the polls during an election. Let me conclude by saying this; although his party (the CDC) was dealt a blow, Weah will exonerate himself from all entanglements and rebound before 2023. Just watch.

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