Public Works Pens Contract on Ganta/Harper Road Pavement Construction Time: 2 Years

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Public Works have signed a US$42.7 million contract with a Chinese company for the pavement of phase one of the Fish Town-Harper Road Project,  funded by the government of Liberia and the African Development Bank.Senior officials of the Public Works Ministry disclosed that the China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group Company Limited is to pave the 50 kilometer road from Harper City to Karloken in Maryland County.The Public Works executives also intimated that the contract value is a little over US$42.7 Million dollars and the actual construction period is two years with one year of defects liability.During the signing ceremony, newly appointed Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore admonished the contractor to take into consideration the triplet issues of quality, durability and value for money.He said that the road to be constructed is significant in the socio-economic development of the country, particularly southeastern Liberia, and as such the Ministry would ensure that the contractor does quality work. Monitoring and supervision will be prioritized at all stages of the project, Minister Moore added.The Public Works boss also noted that his leadership is aware of the challenges ahead and will ensure integrity in the contract awarding process at the Ministry and that quality products result from that process.He thanked his predecessors, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods and outgoing Minister Dr. Antoinette Weeks for their leadership and influence on the project MPW team as they worked with the ADB and contractor in ensuring that the project became a reality.He acknowledged the presence of the Chinese Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission at the signing ceremony.Minister Moore noted that as a result of the Ebola virus, most foreign companies fled the country but the partnership with the government and people of China has remained strong.  He   pledged to continue this strong relationship while serving at the Ministry of Public Works.The partnership with the government and people of China and Chinese companies coming here to do business is a solid manifestation of sustained bilateral cooperation.Minister Moore also thanked Dr. Margaret Kilo of the AFDB for her excellent leadership and the Ministry’s project team for their commitment and hard work over the years as it relates to the project’s documentation and implementation.“For the people of Liberia the best way to improve our country is to enhance improvement of these things that we call economic multipliers—power, roads, telecommunication; in effect the infrastructure.  These development initiatives make it easier for business people to do business; for goods to move across the country,” Minister Moore asserted.“We have been concerned about the southeast; that every rainy season this part of the country gets cut-off,” Minister Moore lamented. “The prices of goods and services go up; escalating poverty in places that are already economically depressed.  We are, therefore, very happy that this project can now start,” he declared.Speaking to the contractor, the Minister stressed that MPW staff believed that China Railway Number five (5) Engineering Group Company winning a contract from a multilateral financing agency is a prestigious thing.Speaking on behalf of China Railway No.5 Group Company,  Mr. Hao Tingkui, country Representative said that as a construction company they were happy to be in Liberia and deliver to the Liberian people a high quality road at the end of the project.Mr. Tingkui said his company will concentrate on every technical detail so that they may do a good job that will be long-lasting and meaningful.The Chinese company country representative said his company won the international competitive bidding for phase-1 of the Fish Town-Harper Road not just because of its lowest bidder status as compared to other competitors but primarily to the company’s long track record of undertaking large infrastructure and delivering high quality works to the clients.The Fish Town-Harper road is 130 Kilometers in total and is part of the missing link on the Mano River Regional Connection; a subsidiary of the Trans-West Africa Coastal Highway System.It connects Conakry-Freetown-Monrovia-Abidjan. Locally, the corridor forms part of the key 510 Kilometer highway between Ganta-Harper linking four southeastern counties.This project is in line with the Government of Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation’s pillar on infrastructure restoration and the implementation of the road sector strategy which entails linking all county capitals with paved roads.According to the contract, the nature of work to be executed include cement pavement, drainage improvements, putting into place erosion control measures, safety improvements including reflectorized pavement markers to aid nighttime driving, and construction of sidewalks, curb and gutters through towns along the route.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool greats stunned by ‘sensational’ Salah

first_imgMohamed Salah ‘Sensational’ Salah leaves Liverpool greats stunned Joe Wright 04:51 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) mohamed salah - cropped Getty Images Mohamed Salah Liverpool Premier League UEFA Champions League Gary McAllister and John Aldridge have been blown away by the Egyptian’s performances for the Reds and expect Virgil van Dijk to come good Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister admits he has been shocked by the form of Mohamed Salah since his move from Roma.The Egypt international, who joined for what was then a club-record fee of an initial €42 million last June, has scored 28 goals in all competitions in 2017-18.Salah’s latest strikes, including a sublime solo effort, came in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham last Sunday, which took him to 21 league goals in 25 appearances – already six more than he managed in Serie A last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player McAllister did not expect the 25-year-old to hit the ground running quite so impressively on his return to England’s top flight, after he struggled in a short spell with Chelsea.”I’ve got to hold my hands up and say I didn’t anticipate it,” the former Scotland international, who helped Liverpool win a treble of EFL Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001, told Omnisport. “I thought he was an outstanding player but I’ve got to say, he’s gone way up in my estimation. He’s a stunning player.”Not only his goal-scoring efforts, his skill and technique, but also, he’s robust. He works his socks off for the team. He’s very much a team player, but he’s been outstanding.”John Aldridge, a league champion and FA Cup winner in his two years at Anfield from 1987 to 1989, says Salah’s goalscoring form has been remarkable for a winger.”If we’re going to finish top four and hopefully second or third then we need him to keep on going in the manner which he is,” he told Omnisport. “You know, it’s just ridiculous to see a winger score that many goals and fighting against Harry Kane of all people for the Golden Boot. Sensational. Brilliant.”Watch all 21 of Salah’s @premierleague goals so far— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 5, 2018Liverpool’s new record signing, Virgil van Dijk, has endured a more difficult start to life at the club after moving from Southampton for a reported £75m fee in January.The centre-back conceded a last-minute penalty against Spurs that allowed Harry Kane to equalise and was on the losing end on his league debut against Swansea City.But McAllister, who was impressed by Van Dijk during his time at Celtic, is confident he will prove to be an excellent addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.”I’ve seen a lot of Virgil van Dijk. I worked in Scotland for a little bit when he signed for Celtic,” he said. “I was impressed by him then and people were sort of flippantly saying that he’s playing in a league that’s too easy for Celtic, which is true, but you can see the quality.”I think we’ve signed a quality player. He’ll turn out to be a fantastic signing.”Aldridge added: “Van Dijk is a very, very good centre half and he’ll go a long way to helping us get, or trying to achieve what we want and our goals for the coming season.”Un-believable!  #YNWA— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) January 5, 2018Chelsea’s dip in form has allowed Liverpool to move one point above them to third in the table, adding a positive spin to a recent run in which they followed a 1-0 loss to Swansea with an FA Cup exit at the hands of West Brom.But McAllister believes they can have a very positive second half of the season and is quietly confident about their prospects in Europe, with a last-16 tie with Porto in the Champions League on the horizon.”I don’t think Liverpool have been doing a great deal wrong,” he said. “The two little blips against Swansea and West Brom in the cup… I thought the game against Spurs it was an excellent game. I thought it was two outstanding football teams with loads of good footballers on show so it’s a case of just getting that run again to push on and push to make it as difficult as they can to the teams above us.”He added on the Porto tie: “I’ve got to say, before the draw for the last 16 was made, I don’t think many teams wanted to play Liverpool over two games.”When we actually click and say yes, I think we’re a difficult proposition and we’re capable of beating anybody over a two-legged affair. So, I’m very hopefully and optimistic to continue the good run in Europe.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more