US$8M River Gee Hydro Power Project under Review

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House votes to forward the agreements to Joint Committee

Including Implementation Agreement between Liberia and Guinea

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Judiciary, Mines and Energy, Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Foreign Affairs to review a 29,384,000 Emirates Dirhams (equivalent to US$8 million) Loan Agreement between the Government of Liberia and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development to finance the River Gee Hydropower Project.

The Joint Committee is expected to report on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

The House’s Plenary took the decision on March 12, 2020, during the 18th Day Sitting of the 3rd Session of the 54th Legislature following communication from President George M. Weah seeking ratification of that loan agreement by the august body.

In his communication, President Weah said: “The Project, when completed, will provide renewable electricity to rural communities, impacting the livelihoods of citizens and economic productivity in the region, thereby helping to reduce poverty and Green House Gas emissions.”

He added: “I trust the Legislature will ratify this Agreement to promote growth and achieve sustainable poverty reduction in our country.”

Meanwhile, President George Weah has also submitted for ratification the “Implementation Agreement between the Republic of Guinea and Liberia”.

President Weah said the agreement will provide a solution to the issue or difficulty of evacuating mining products before or after processing from Guinea through Liberia.

He noted that the agreement also provides for the operational modalities for the export of mining products from Guinea through the Liberian territory via existing rail and port infrastructures in Liberia, and more particularly the infrastructure on the Yekepa-Buchanan corridor currently under concession.

President Weah informed the body that under the Agreement, the Parties have endeavored to strengthen their cooperation in the transport sector and to harmonize and coordinate the conditions for sharing rail and port infrastructure.

“Hon. Speaker, as Liberia endeavors  to strengthen bilateral ties with our neighbors, we are glad that this Agreement is in line with the African Mining Vision and the principle of economic integration adopted at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Mano River Union (MRU) levels to promote shared use of transport infrastructure at national sub-regional and regional levels in order to bolster mining development, contribute to sub-regional integration of the economies of Guinea and Liberia.”

The Joint Committee will report to Plenary in one week.

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  • I am a Liberian journalist, born November 7 and hailed from the Southeast and of the kru tribe. I began contributing to the Daily Observer 2008 and was fully employed in 2012. I am the 3rd of eight children and named after my great grandfather. Am happily married with three children (girls). I am a full member of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and also the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) and the Legislative Press Pool (LEGISPOL). I can be contacted through email: [email protected] or cell number/WhatsApp: (+231) 0886585875 or Facebook.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Again, great news, Mr. President!
    But my question has always remained unanswered.
    How many Liberians will benefit from these projects being implemented under the directive of your predecessor?
    By the way, when are you going to propose something new to the Liberian people?
    Oh, so you were fighting to finish other people’s projects to get the credit?

    To implement any project, the benefits of such project must overshadow the inherent risks.
    The international community purposely held back huge investment financing to Liberia to enable it to improve its human capital. They came in through NGOs, consumer goods, risky tourism and many other means to pump in physical cash on the devastated Liberian market for subsistence. It was expected of the Liberian government to massively capacitate its citizenry to add value, in the medium and long term, through the pursuit of self-interests.

    Unfortunately, we had a selfish government that embarked on selective human capital development. Like the CDC and singularly, for you Mr. President, we all unanimously decried the selectorized machine in place.
    You assured some of us when you promised FIXES to the broken system. What fixes were you referring to, Mr. President?
    To have your lion share of the cake? Or to make the rich natural resources of the country to benefit all 4.7 million Liberians?

    To all CDCians, please take my message to your president. We need real change in the status quo in Liberia.
    How can we get real change in Liberia?
    Liberians need education desperately, mainly technical education.
    Our president should prioritize the construction of a Polytechnique in Gbarnga. It will be expensive but can be financed through Liberia’s equity capital and over 5 years, if only our president dares to do it. Good jobs will be created, and resourceful Liberians will come down consequentially.
    Then, embark on solid elementary education to eventually make our high schools competitive. It is VERY STUPID to graduate a student who makes a pass in one (1) subject out of nine (9) in a major exam that ushers our future leaders to universities and other higher institutions of learning.
    Our vocational schools need to be revamped to normal days’ status, and even beyond.

    This is no partisan politics. It is a cry from the bottom of my heart. Don’t open our market to others to come and live comfortably to the detriment of the children of Liberia. They will enjoy our facilities and cynically castigate us over our God’s given privileges. That’s copy examples from Ghana, Rwanda, the Ivory Coast, etc.

    “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

  2. In a democratic society, a majority of jobs are not usually created by the government, but rather by the private sector. In any case, the government usually facilitates the process. In this particular case, Weah is moving in the right direction in terms of doing whatever is possible to entice Liberians and non-Liberians to invest.

    On a sour note, some presidential candidates just can’t wait. Some of these politicians want to jump into the presidency tomorrow. Well, things don’t happen like that. Some politicians disgrace themselves by making all kinds of outlandish promises they know they cannot keep. We know this about them:

    —They’re lion-hearted. But in order to mislead the Liberian people, some of these cheap Liberian politicians wear sheepskin shoes and speak like house rats or female voculists. Shame on them! 🤩

    They are sheepskin politicians who have no vision. What they are interested in doing is this…..they will return Liberia to the ugly days of one party rule. Don’t vote for the sheepskin politicians.

    Not only should they be referred to as “sheepskin politicians” but also “quick service” politicians. “Quick service” because of what I said earlier…..a quick service politician assures the people that he can solve a difficult problem in a few months, let’s say three months! Unbelievable! Don’t allow yourself to be twisted by their music. Something is known about this breed of politicians. They have no moral compass, local or global.

    The sheepskin politicians are unconnected to the proletarians. Example, you ask “some” of them to speak a few words in Gio, Kpelle or Vai, and what you get is “I am sorry I don’t know”. To me, that’s being unconnected!

    Positive Action:
    Paved roads are being constructed. The transshipment deal between Guinea and Liberia means jobs and a few bucks in the Liberian Treasury. The $8 million-dollar River Gee hydropower project deal will be taken care of. Many projects will be undertaken. The Liberian economy is no longer saddled in a dormant status. The Liberian economy is beginning to show positive signs of growth. The Weah government will do its part to create jobs.

    I am not so sure about the sheepskin and quick service politicians. The two kinds of politicians work in tandem, but they’re fake.

    Peace.

  3. Ever since I started watching American politics, job numbers are announced on a monthly basis.
    But ever since our so-called dynamic leadership came to power, how many jobs have been created and communicated?

    Some people say we are disconnected with our people and reality because they think we cannot speak our local dialects; can they tell us here if they even know how to say hello in the vernacular they claim to speak in Liberia? We will put them to test one day.

    We are not interested in a Zimbabwean or South African development style. We are interested in the development presided over by Liberians at 80%.
    What would it benefit even the government we support if the projects being undertaken cannot provide jobs for even 2% of Liberians?
    I have visited worksites in Liberia with a workforce predominately young Ghanaians, Ivorians and Chinese. Where are we going?
    Supporting such is what we call political politics; we just want to support our idol or political party.

    The anti-progressivists called us “sheepskin” or “quick service” politicians, no problem. Our resolve is driven by our impatience to improving the livelihood of ourselves and people.
    There is pride in building your own house by working every intricacy and style yourself than someone else constructing such edifice for you. The individual constructing such house care less about your wellbeing but for the pursuit of his benefits.
    Also, when you take up a loan of 94 million to build an infrastructure, at least 10% of that money should be pocketed by your workforce to be repumped into the local economy. If 99% of such sum is repatriated, as a normal human being, you should bow your head down in shame. That debt becomes 2 times costly and unproductive.
    If only 10% were to be pocketed by the local workforce, it would end up in government coffers to make up for the 10% remuneration rate of the debt. Such debt is productive. That’s what we advocate, we need to contract productive debts.

    Don’t jump on the football field to play if you do not know how to play. You may hurt yourself or by shame of being mocked, hurt a valuable player.
    The CDC is hurting valuable players on the Liberian political arena!

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