The Japanese contractors of the Somalia Drive road project in Liberia to resume construction works after the project was stalled due to Ebola outbreak in the country back in 2014. The government is currently calling out for those residing along the main road to vacate and give way for the reconstruction and expansion of the road.
The US$50m Somalia Drive road project is under the implementation and supervision of the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) after a contract agreement signing between the government of Liberia and the Japanese corporation in June 2013. Augustine Ngafuan, the Minister for Foreign Affairs signed the agreement on behalf of the Liberia government while accredited Japan Ambassador to Liberia while Naoto Nikai took the initiative of signing the contract on behalf of his government.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had recently declared Liberia Ebola free country. The good news brought back to life several major projects that had initially stalled due to the disease outbreak, to gradually resume work and the Somalia Drive is among the resuming projects.
On completion the Somalia Drive road project is expected to bring a sigh of relief concerning the traffic congestion along the road. However, apart from the road project the JICA will as well undertake the rehabilitation of the Monrovia power system, one of the Ebola outbreak victim project.
Apart from the Somalia Drive project, the government of Liberia has also recently signed a US$4.2 m Non-Project Grant Aid contract agreement with the government of Japan for the reasons of economy and social improvement in Liberia. The current Acting Foreign Minister in Liberia, Hon. B. Elias Shoniyin, signed the agreement on behalf of Liberia government while Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, the Japan Ambassador to Liberia signed on behalf of his government.