Construction work on the multi-purpose Tappita City Hall in Lower Nimba County, has encountered a hitch due to lack of funds to continue the project, Tappita City Mayor Sarah Mendobor has disclosed.
The foundation for the two-storey building, which was started in March this year, has been completed, but there is no money now to continue the project, reports say. As such, the contractor has started complaining of the slow pace of work.
Nimbaians residing in Australia and the Tappita City Council are collaborating to construct the hall, but a huge portion of the US$161,000 earmarked for the project is expected to come from the Australia group.
“At the moment, the project has stalled due to lack of funding, but we are hoping that very soon our foreign-based counterparts will make some money available to take us to the final stage of completion,” Madam Mendobor said confidently.
“The first contractor failed miserably because their workers did not understand the blue print of the hall; but right now, the hall is being constructed by the Millennium Construction and Business Services,” said Mendobor.
The manager of the Millennium Construction Firm, Isaac G. Kabakollie, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that the lengthy hall is designed to host several different events simultaneously without inconvenience users.
Since completing the foundation the issue of funding has hampered the work exposing most of the planted steel rods to extreme sun light thus posing some danger to them.
“If we had the money, I can assure you that this project would be finished the first week in February, 2015,” Mr. Kabakollie asserted.
Other citizens of Tappita, including Pastor Charles Miller and Josephus Paye, are hoping that the project would be completed to serve as a tribute to the ‘peaceful residents’ of Tappita and their sons and daughters residing in foreign lands.
A similar construction of a city hall under the auspices of the Nimba Citizens Union in Australia, in collaboration with the Ganta City Council is also expected to kick off shortly.