The House of Representative in Liberia has mandated its Committee on Public Works to launch an inquiry into the abrupt standstill of the Gbarnga-Konia Road Construction project.
The decision was as a result of a letter jointly written by several lawmakers of Lofa County including Francis Sakila Nyumalin, Julie Fatorma Wiah and Cllr. Beyan D. Haword, calling for the House’s intervention over the delay in the road construction project.
“… It can be recalled that the implementation of the Gbarnga-Konia Road Construction Project commenced barely three years ago, but unexpectedly stalled for more than six months now without any explanation or cause given by authorities of the Public Works Ministry. We are therefore left with no choice but to seek the intervention of Plenary,” read the letter.
An overview of the project
The Gbarnga-Konia highway/road project is the first phase of the multi-million dollar Gbarnga-Mendikorma road project that was conceived during the reign of Ellen Johson Sirleaf’s administration back in 2017.
Covering a distance of 131 kilometers from Gbarnga-Konia, this phase is further subdivided into two sections, with section one covering the Gbarnga- Salayea (81 km) and Section two, Salayea-Konia (50km).
Its construction work began in 2018 under George Weah’s administration with a completion period of 36 months from the date of commencement.
Meanwhile, the second phase of the entire Gbarnga-Konia-Mendikoma Road Project covers the 143 km Konia-Voinjama-Mendikoma Road.
The project team
The contractor of the project is China Henan International Cooperation Group Limited (CHICO) and the monitoring consultant is the Saudi Consulting Services Company (SAUDCONSULT) of Saudi Arabia in conjunction with Tristar Collaborative Engineering and Construction Consultant Liberia.
The donors for the project, according to the government include the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).