…. At RIA
By N. Dweh Nimely
Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima S. Kamara along with other senior officials of the Ministry toured the ongoing upgrade and expansion work at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County.
The upgrade and expansion work covers the rebuilding of a new terminal, rehabilitation of the runway, road station, parking lots, sewage treatment system, electricity system and other major components at the airport.
During the tour Wednesday, Minister Kamara praised the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whom he said, braved the storm to ensure that the rebuilding of the airport becomes a reality.
Kamara also lauded the head of the China Harbour Company, Sinohyro Construction Company, Management of the Roberts International Airport and staff for the level of work done so far since the commencement of the project.
The project when completed will be a major boost to Liberia’s economic development.
Also speaking, the Head of the China Harbour Contractors indicated that more than 125 Liberians (four of which are engineers trained at the Tubman University in Maryland County) were hired to join other contractors from China to work as a team in order to implement the project.
It can be recalled in October of 2016, Liberia and the People’s Republic of China signed two agreements totaling US$50 million for the rehabilitation of the terminal and runway of the Roberts International Airport.
The Roberts International Airport project includes provision of assorted items for operation and safety such as firefighting equipment, ambulances, forklifts, high loaders conveyer belts, passenger stairs and buses for easy movement of passengers across the airport.
Total cost for the rehabilitation and modernization of the airport is estimated at US $60,300, 000.
The Government of Liberia had concluded financial agreements for the project with US$20 million being received from Saudi Fund for Development.