National Port Authority (NPA) has commenced the construction of over 2.4 miles of road within the Freeport of Monrovia.
The ongoing road construction project is part of the NPA management’s modernization plan to breathe new life into the Liberian port sector.
According to a statement the NPA released recently, the designated unpaved roads, drainages lights and sidewalks within the port facility are currently being rehabilitated with a standardized concrete pavement to include parking facilities, which are considered key components of the technical assessment that preceded the implementation of the road project.
The rehabilitation of the road was approved by the Board of Directors through the budgetary process and subsequently approved by the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) following a thorough bidding process. The contract was subsequently awarded to ADI Contractors, a local construction firm. The firm was subcontracted in 2015 by a Senegalese firm to participate in the construction of the Ganta-Yekepa highway in Nimba County.
The statement said as required under the Public Financial Management law for all public procurement contracts above certain threshold to be approved by the Ministry of Finance and attested to by the Ministry of Justice, both ministries approved and attested to the NPA contracts.
Additionally, the NPA’s contract with the service provider, including a bank guarantee provision that fully covered the down payment for a period of six months, is well on course.
The project, which is in consonance with the Liberian government’s priority to develop all sectors of the country, when completed, will not only enhance trade and commerce, but will fully address the perennial safety hazard and flooding incidences that have hampered the port facilities for years by slowing traffic movements, with an added host of potential liability issues.