Back on January 28, 2013, Samuel Kofi Woods, the Public Works Minister made an announcement confirming an agreement had been signed for the Ganta-Yekepa Road Project. By 2015, the Ministry of Public Works and ArcelorMittal Liberia officially entered into a US$40 million contract. It was exclusively paid for by ArcelorMittal with the consent of both parties that its implementation will be by the Government of Liberia.
Currently, the project has been steadily progressing, with road works reaching the historic Nimba City of Sanniquellie. It involves pavement works on the highway and, will provide residents with shorter travel times. Furthermore, the Ganta-Yekepa Road Project is said to have generated about 2,000 short-to-medium-term jobs, thus far.
Reported On 19 Oct 2015
ArcelorMittal to invest US$40m on a road construction project in Liberia
ArcelorMittal Liberia, the world’s leading steel and mining company, will fund the US$40m road construction project in Liberia. It involves pavement work on the Ganta to Yekepa highway. Public Works Minister Gyude Moore made a courtesy visit to the company in Yekepa, Nimba County. His visit comes after Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) team also held a meeting between ArcelorMittal Liberia’s community liaison department and the county leaders.
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The Compagnie Sahelienne d’Enteprises (CSE), a Senegalese construction company won the contract for the road construction project. Currently, the company is mobilizing equipment to commence construction work in March 2015, according to Moore. He also said that the people affected by the project will be compensated.
Reported On 23 April 2019
Liberia begins pavement of Ganta-Yekepa road
Liberia made an announcement confirming the commencement of pavement works on the Ganta – Yekepa highway which the government earmarked more than 10 years ago.
The construction of the stretch of road’s earmarking was back in 2007 as a birthday gift to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when Lakshmi Mittal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ArcerlorMittal (AML), visited Liberia. However, the entire exercise later came to a standstill due to the government’s inability to fund the project.
In June 2018, President George Weah pressed AML management to release the US $40m money that was for the project in order to fast-track the project. Upon President Weah’s visit to Nimba, the road work resumed but continued at a slow pace until recently when the company began speeding up the work leading to the pavement of a considerable stretch of road.
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Senegalese road development firm, Compagnie Saheliamae D’Enterprises (CSE), is in charge of the project. The firm said that pavement works are already progressing around Tondin Town along the stretch between Ganta and Sanniquellie. Currently, the company is already laying asphalt (coal tar) onto the roadway.
The Company also won the tender to supply the country with all the necessary equipment for the project. Most likely, CSE will complete the pavement of half of the road stretch between Ganta and Sanniquellie, before the dry season.