By Fredrick P. W. Gaye (People’s Daily Online)
At long last, the Chinese-funded project to construct a ministerial complex in Liberia has commenced.
The complex will be the second largest building constructed by China in Africa after the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It will include several large buildings for government ministries, agencies and other multipurpose functions.
In response to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s request to the Chinese government, the two countries signed the US$60 million agreement in 2012; but had been delayed due to reasons including the deadly Ebola virus that struck Liberia and other countries in the region.
Commuters in Monrovia are said to be thrilled having seen Chinese and local engineers working on the site because the project has been long-awaited.
Mr. Amos Siebo, deputy head of Liberia’s presidential deliverable unit (PDU) said China’s Hebei Engineering Group is the contractor. The construction firm, Siebo said, is employing hundreds of Liberians as well as training some local engineers for the complex and other projects. READ MORE OF THIS STORY
SOURCES: News Now/ China People’s Daily Online