-Receives Award From AMILI
By Esau J. Farr
The Country Manager of the West Construction Company in Liberia has stressed the need for a very strong and robust media partnership with development partners in the country.
Abraham Bah pointed out that for the developmental agenda of Liberia to be forged ahead, it requires the joint efforts of the media in Liberia and partners undertaking and implementing projects in the country.
He made the assertion Wednesday in Congo Town when his company received the “Liberia’s Most Outstanding Construction Company Award” for the year 2017/2018 from a pro-media group, the African Media Initiative Liberia Incorporated (AMILI).
Receiving the award, Bah described it as a challenge and not an award saying, it further strengthens his company to go beyond its current marks and do more for Liberia.
He said he was grateful to be one of the very few companies who stayed in Liberia during and after the Ebola Crisis to implement projects not only for the government of Liberia, but also its people and all inhabitants therein.
He referenced the ‘Barack Obama Fund’ for industrial development which his company served as one of the implementing partners as construction firms in Liberia.
Currently, the West Construction Company is awarded with the contract to construct the proposed ‘New Redemption Hospital’ in Caldwell, a project he said when finished will be the second biggest hospital in Liberia next to the J.F.K. Medical Center in Sinkor.
The New Redemption Hospital Project is a World Bank sponsored and accomplished project expected to provide healthcare services to more than four hundred thousand (400,000) people upon completion.
The company with Headquarters in Florida, the United States of America has other offices in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Liberia in West Africa was founded by the late Earl West and Son Don now deceased.
Making remark at the award ceremony, the Founder and Executive Director of the African Media Initiative Incorporated said his group was overwhelmed by the remarkable contributions of the company in Liberia’s reconstruction drive and therefore could not allow the efforts of the company to go unnoticed.
Calvin S. Jallah said the company has contributed and continues to contribute to the reconstruction process of Liberia, something he said must be publicly recognized in accordance with best practices which maintains that it is better to give a man his flowers while he is still alive.
In a joint statement, both Jallah and AMILI’s Head of Research, Roosevelt Giko thanked the company for the level of works done by them in the country thus far and encouraged them to always be willing to serve the country with diligent, adding, “Road remains a major challenge for development in Liberia”.
The two executive members of the pro-media group meanwhile used the opportunity and called on the government of Liberia to award contracts to the company so as to foster and fast-track development for Liberia through what they consider as reliable and trustworthy institutions that are credible and capable of pushing the agenda of the present government.
The award is an annual event given to individual companies that perform well during a fiscal and calendar year in Liberia.
It is also coincidental that the call made by the pro-developmental media group for government to award construction contracts to the company is coming at the time the World Bank has made available half a billion United States (US$500M) Dollars in principle to the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Public Works.
AMILI Executive Director told the gathering that gone were those days when the media in Liberia were bent on reneging reporting positive image of those making strives for the growth and development of the country adding that new dynamisms have been added to the media landscape of the country.
West Construction Company is also credited with the construction of more than 20 housing units for the Ministry of Education during the regime of Liberia’s immediate former President, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Bah in closing thanked the media group and said he along with all staff members of the company was grateful for the recognition and promised to take it as a challenge to even do more beyond expectation.
The ceremony took place at the company’s offices in Congo town Back Road near the Chinese Embassy in Liberia and was graced by members of AMILI, Staffers of West construction Company and media practitioners.