Travel between Ganta and the mining town of Yekepa will be made entirely continent in the coming months as the ArcelorMittal funded road works reach Sanniquillie City.
A few days ago, full pavement reached Sanniquellie, the administrative headquarters of Nimba to the delight of hundreds of residents who will for the first time see asphalt pavement in that area since it was created county.
In 2013, ArcelorMittal committed $45 million to underwrite the cost of the road construction as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The 45 million paid to the government of Liberia does not amount to any deduction from her social responsibilities, taxes and royalties she pays to the three affected counties or the government in general.
The commitment to pave Ganta-Yekepa is a show of support and obligation to the government’s desire to deliver critical infrastructure to the people especially in the area of road connectivity which AML deems a catalyst to growth and economic development
While the project substantially delayed due to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease and the global COVID outbreak, AML remained steadfast to providing the funding for continuation of the road work.
The point of interest has been that fact that the historic city of Sanniquellie is given a new facelift, the first time a paved road passes through the important town.
With this effort, the Ministry of Public Works announced it is designing a new outlook of the major street of Sanniquellie to reflect the nature of the pavement done so far.
In generations to come, the Ganta Yekepa Road will continue to serves as a symbol of true partnership between the government and people of Liberia and ArcelorMittal as a responsible business.
This pavement of the Ganta- Yekepa road delivers tremendous benefits that include lowering maintenance costs, longer tire life for smaller vehicles, less strain on suspension, and less overall vehicle repairs—all due to smoother roads.
It will also promote fast and easy movement of farm to market produce and particularly enable produce in Nimba to be delivered to Monrovia and other parts of the country.
Travel time between Yekepa and Ganta will reduce making market women to safe on cost of transporting their goods hereby reducing cost of farm to market produce.
While negotiations are ongoing complete the entire stretch of road, there has ton of congratulatory messages form stakeholders in Nimba, expressing how thankful they are for the gesture from ArcelorMittal.
AML has said that with its phase two expansion, more of such made investment will happen to demonstrate further how the company desires to stay and do responsible business sin Liberia.