One of the several local infrastructure construction companies in Liberia, SSF Entrepreneur, has received immense plaudits from top government officials and the general public for its level of contribution to the rebuilding process of Liberia.
The company has been regarded as the most successful local road construction company competing with international companies like CHICO and CICO in infrastructure development.
Over the years, the company has undertaken and completed more and 15 major road and bridge construction projects in the country for the Liberian Government as well as the UNDP and USAID.
Prominent among projects the company has implemented or is implementing include LOT 2 of the Fish Town Harper-Road, the maintenance of the Gbarnga-Monrovia Road after the war, the ongoing 87 KM Kolahun-Vahun road rehabilitation and expansion, among several other smaller road projects across the country.
Headed by Shawky Fawaz, a well respected and renowned business man in Liberia for more than three decades, the Liberian-Lebanese owned company (more than 50% Liberian share) is regarded has imported better road building paraphernalia, along with experts in using them to build the capacities of Liberians to operate these devices.
In the face of high unemployment rate in the country, more about some 500 Liberians are said to be employed with the company, while at least 1,000 people have reportedly benefitted from long- and short-term employment with SSF.
“We are very proud that a Liberian company like SSF is heavily involved with the rebuilding process of Liberia, said Maryland Senator John Ballout, when he participated in the dedication of the Neezoe-Parker Paint and the GSA-Rehab roads last Thursday.
Senator Ballout said the active participation of SSF was a clear indication that Liberian companies, when given the change, can perform as much as their international counterparts. “We need to work with companies like SSF because they will always be here to maintain our roads,” the Senator noted.
SSF has boosted its profile after spending several months working on the Parker Paint-Neezoe and the GSA-Rehab Road, being described as one of the finest roads built by any of the country’s local companies. The two roads have a length of 5.1 Km and 4.8 Km respectively.
The completion of the roads will significantly impact free movements by creating alternative routes for motorists to by-pass the bustling commercial enclave of Redlight which causes heavy traffic congestions.
Acting Public Works Minister Victor Smith described the dedication of the road as one of the components of the Government’s 150-day deliverables.
He said government invested lots of money in the project, and lauded the construction company, SSF, for its contribution to infrastructure development of the country.
Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai officially cut ribbons to paved roads and described their completion as another milestone in the rebuilding process of Liberia.
After dedicating the 5.1 kilometer long Parker Paint-Neezoe road, the Vice President immediately broke ground for the paving of the Parker Paint-Du Port Road route, before he later also cut ribbon to the GSA Road. The Parker Paint-Du Port Road route will be built, again, by SSF because of its excellent performances over the year.
“…It is a big victory for all of us…and we want to thank God for His blessing for this road,” the Vice President said, thanking all Liberians and the construction company, SSF Entrepreneur, for working together to make the projects a success.
Both Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpaan and Maryland County Senator John Ballout (Representing the Senate) said the complete paving of the roads is a clear indication that Liberia is being built.
The two government officials applauded the local contractor SSF and the Ministry of Public Works for its oversight in the construction of the road.
Tuning the road over to the Ministry of Public Works for dedication, Mentee Padmore, the General Manager of SSF, noted that the company was pleased to collaborate with the Government in the reconstruction of Liberia.
“Once more,” he asserted, “SSF has demonstrated its commitment to the partnership with Government of Liberia by completing another road entrusted to the management of SSF.”
“The successful completion of the pavement of the parker Paint to Neezoe and GSA Road to Rehab roads to the satisfaction of the Government and community residents will contribute to the government’s plan for Infrastructure development and poverty reduction in Liberia,” Mr. Padmore said.
“We are committed to the rebuilding process of Liberia…; we will produce nothing but quality roads as spelled out in our contractual agreements with the Government,” the Chief Executive Officer of the construction firm, Shawky Fawaz has said. “That’s what we are committed to doing.”
“We are proud to be part of this development process. We all have to work together to rebuild Liberia,” Fawaz has once. He said the company will produce nothing less than high quality and durable roads and will not be deterred by negative propaganda spread by detractors.
“There is competition and others may be afraid of us, so all kinds of propagandas will come out in the media, but we will remain focused in doing good jobs with the Liberian Government and produce good roads for the Liberian people,” Fawaz stated December 2010, adding, “Right now we have brought in new equipment to compete with the Chinese and not our Liberian counterparts. We are thinking big about collaborating with the government rebuild Liberia.”
He said he was pleased that the awarding of government contracts were nowadays done through competitive bidding processes, where only qualified companies are awarded contracts. “This process is transparent and good for the new Liberia,” he stated.
Mr. Fawaz said the company’s new asphalt plant will enhance SSF’s current ability to pave more roads in short periods. “The new machine will produce 120 tons of asphalt per hour, and this will double our current capacity to pave roads, and we target to pave up to 50 kilometers (30 miles) of road between 2011 and 2012.” Writes D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh/ firstname.lastname@example.org/ +231 886 586 531