V.P Boakai Impressed With Construction Work on New Fendall Campus

Saturday, 16th January 2010
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has observed that the new University of Liberia campus now under construction at Fendall will not just bring pride to the country but will serve as a motivation for Liberian students to learn.
He said he was impressed with the quality of work being done by the Quangdong Xinguang International Group on the new Fendall campus, noting that the project was a further manifestation of the cordial ties subsisting between Liberia and the People’s Republic  of China.
Vice President Boakai made the observation Saturday following a tour of the new University of Liberia campus under construction in Fendall about 17 kilometers from the capital Monrovia.
He said the facility will accommodate the growing student population at the University of Liberia, noting, “This is something that was needed many years ago”.
Vice President Boakai thanked the Chinese construction team for the hard work and the People’s Republic of China for bringing pride to Liberia, saying, “We never believed that this could have come at this time. We are here to show you how much we appreciate you”.
In apparent appreciation of the work being done, Vice President Boakai presented two goats and egg plants harvested from his farm to the Chinese construction team, and US$200.00 (Two hundred) to  Liberian contractors working on the project.
In remarks following the tour, the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Zhou Yuxiao said the project is a further manifestation of the strong ties existing between Liberia and China, and assured that the People’s Republic of China would continue to help Liberia in a” very practical way”.

“We may not be able to solve all the problems,” he said, hoping that the project would enhance the learning environment at the state-run University of Liberia.  

Ambassador Yuxiao disclosed that the Chinese Embassy would lobby for additional funding to add a new  dimension to the Fendall University construction project, namely the provision of furniture  for the institution. He said with this, the project initially estimated at US$25 million will cost about US$50 million. He said construction work on the university campus will be completed in April, and turned over to the Liberian government in May 2010.

Earlier,  Ambassador Yuxiao and the  head of the Chinese construction team, Mr. Frank Song, guided Vice President Boakai on a tour of the mammoth, self-contained university campus, which comprises lecturers’ quarters, students’ dormitories, administration building, classrooms, water  tower and multi-purpose sports stadium including football, basketball, law tennis and athletics pitches.