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Ebola stalls Somalia Road, Hydro Projects-Prez. Sirleaf

Kolubah Zayzay/Joseph T. Koon

( 14, 2015)- The Government of Liberia has attributed the delay in the implementation of the Somalia Drive Road Project to the Ebola crisis.

Johnson Sirleaf said Government is working closely with the Japanese Government to ensure that the road project is successful.

She said: “The Japanese have already have brought into the country materials to commence the work, but Ebola has delayed the commencement of the Somalia Road Project.”

The Liberian Leader noted: “The Japanese are very cautious about the Ebola situation, but will return once WHO declares Liberia Ebola –free.”

The President disclosed that while government awaits the return of the Japanese, the Public Works Ministry will continue carrying out minor rehabilitation on the Somalia Drive Road.

She made the remarks Monday when she met with executives of media houses in Monrovia.

In another development, Government has announced that the Mount Coffee Hydro Project will now be completed in December, 2016.

Government clarified that its previous pronouncement on the deadline for the completion of the project in December, 2015 was stalled due to the Ebola crisis.

President Sirleaf made the clarification Monday, April 13, 2015 when she addressed media executives in Monrovia.
“The Ebola situation forced the contractors of the project to leave the country and are yet to return to Liberia,” she said.

The Liberian Leader disclosed that the money for purchase of the turbines for the project is available to ensure that electricity is provided in keeping with the December 2016 deadline.

Turbines are electrical machines designed to produce electricity for mass distribution and consumption.

Sometime last year, Government announced that the First Phase of the Mount Coffey Hydro Project would have been completed to commence the supply of electricity.


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