Mayor Gibson, Namhang CEO sign $45m contract agreement
December 15, 2016 By Joseph S. Margai
As President Koroma launched city hall project, the Mayor of Freetown City Council (FCC) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Namhang Construction Consortium, Moon Tae Gyeong, signed a contract agreement for the commencement of the construction of the much-trumpeted Freetown City Council Administrative Complex.
The launching and signing of the contract agreement took place yesterday at the construction site and at the Mayor’s parlour respectively on Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown.
Mayor Gibson said in 2012, they discussed and decided to construct an Administrative Complex for the council at all cost, adding that with support from the government through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, they were able to secure a loan of 54 million United States Dollars from the Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) in Korea.
He disclosed that they would use 45 million United States Dollars to do the construction of the Freetown City Council Administrative Complex, while the rest would be used to procure consultancy and other contingencies.
Mayor Gibson said the project was a mega project for the Government of Sierra Leone and that it would add to the infrastructural development of the country.
The Engineer of Freetown City Council, Horatio Gorvie, said in 2012, they concluded a feasibility study for the construction of the FCC Administrative Complex, noting that during the studies, they engaged many stakeholders including the media, artists, engineers, lawyers, among others.
He explained that there would be a multi-storey car park that would host about 109 cars and that it would be 16 meters away from Wallace Johnson Street, noting that the entire building would be 82 meters above ground level.
“It’s a 15-storey complex. It will have an auditorium, administrative offices, visitor’s gallery, mayor’s parlour, a place where Mayors from other countries can be hosted, among other facilities,” he said.
He disclosed that the delivery period of the project would be 27 months and after which, the building would be ready for use.
Chief Administrator of FCC, Abubakarr Daramy, said the former City Hall was destroyed in 1999 and that sometimes in 2009, officials of FCC went to the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to tell him as to why they needed a loan to construct an Administrative Complex for the council.
He disclosed that the Ministry of Finance discussed and agreed to support them and that they went ahead to acquire the loan from the Eximbank in Korea.
A representative of the Korean Government, Yung Hung Son, said the relationship between Korea and Sierra Leone started in 1964 and has been cordial over the years.
He disclosed that last year, doctors from Korea came to help prevent further spread of the Ebola disease, adding that Korea has been supporting Sierra Leone in the areas of education, agriculture and health.
“Let us work together to ensure that the relationship strengthens. We are looking forward to seeing a successful completion of this project,” he said.
During the launch of the project, President Ernest Bai Koroma said he earlier made a commitment to transform the country, adding that the country would not be transformed without improvement in the sectors of infrastructure, electricity, health, agriculture, education, among others.
He said his government has been able to improve on all of the above named sectors.
“When this complex is completed, it will have so many facilities. The structure will be one of the best in the country. We want you to provide security for the materials that would be used for this project,” he said.
He thanked the Korean Government for supporting Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak and their continued support in the areas of education, agriculture, etc.