The Management of the National Port Authority has commenced construction for over 2.4 miles road within the Freeport of Monrovia. According to a release issue Tuesday by the NPA management, the project is part of Management’s modernization plan to resuscitate the Liberian Port sector.
The release said the NPA designated unpaved roads, drainages, lights and sidewalk within the port are currently being rehabilitated. It said environmental, hydrological, topographic survey-mapping as well as a standardized concrete pavement design and parking facilities are key components of the technical assessment that preceded the implementation of the road project.
The rehabilitation was approved by the Board of Directors through the budgetary process and subsequently by the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), which issued a “no objection” letter to award contract to the most responsive bidder following an International Competitive Bidding (ICB) process, the release added.
As required under the Public Financial Management law for all public procurement contracts above certain threshold to be approved by the Ministry of Finance and attested to by the Ministry of Justice, both ministries approved and attested to the contracts.
Additionally, the NPA Management said the contract with the service provider included a Bank Guarantee provision that fully covered down payment for a period of six months. When complete, the project which is in consonance with the Government of Liberia’s priority development agenda, will not only enhance trade and commerce, but fully address the perennial safety hazard and flooding incidences that have hampered the port facilities for years, slowed traffic movements and presented potential liability issues. Press release