Public Works Min-designate Promises ‘Functional Ministry’

first_imgThe youthful Public Works Minister-designate has told the Senate Committee, which assures its functions and activities that he and his team of officials will work assiduously to ensure that the Ministry of Public Works becomes “a more functional entity.”Minister of Public Works-designate William Gyude Moore, 37, yesterday eloquently informed members of the Senate Committee on Public Works and Rural Development that he has familiarized himself over the past years with the Ministry and all of its signature/flagship infrastructure programs.Mr. Moore who, together with Deputy Minister for Administration-designate Roland Layfette Giddings, 40, appeared before the Senators, said from his previous area of work — Ministry of State and Presidential Affairs — he has followed projects from feasibility studies to loan negotiation and ratification.If confirmed, both Moore and Giddings promised to continue the program to successfully complete ongoing road projects across the country; and to this end to pursue and propose innovative ways to finance and repair roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, while at the same time ensure that roads remain pliable and bridges remain accessible across the country.The two nominees further assured the committee headed by Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper that they will work with the country’s multilateral and bilateral partners, the World Bank, Africa Development Bank, SIDA, GIZ, European Commission, USAID, the Chinese Government and JICA to ensure that their respective infrastructure projects are on course and completed on schedule. To continue with the country’s Liberalization policy, Moore promised that under his tenure, all Public Works contracts valued at US$500,000 or above “will require that at least 20 percent of the works be contracted to a majority Liberian-owned small business or contractor. The primary contractor is required to submit the names of their 20 percent contractor, who will then receive contracts directly from the Ministry of Public Works.”As a means of building capacity, the Min-designate said the Ministry will continue its policy that all contracts valued at US$250,000 or above will require the contractor to hire at least two new engineering graduates or graduating seniors from local universities, who are Liberians, as interns to provide practical experience.However, he said that despite the Ministry’s best plans and intentions, it will require adequate appropriation in the national budget to close the country’s infrastructure deficit.Moore concluded by assuring the committee members and the well-attended hearing by saying: “I believe I have the requisite training, experience, credibility, integrity and most of all the confidence of the President to competently provide leadership at the Ministry of Public Works.”He continued: “I intend to establish and maintain relationship with the engineering society, the Chamber of Architects and the Association of Construction Contractors, as well as take advantage of technical assistance from development partners and, in the process, preside over a Ministry of Public Works that demonstrates integrity in the contract award process and quality in the roads and bridges we build, obtaining value for money on behalf of the Liberian people.”Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Public Works Senate Committee yesterday openly informed the nominees that despite their beautiful presentation he was not impressed, noting that for the past three years in his position, Ministers to that institution have proven failures.He, however, expressed the hope that with the exuberance to serve and age in their favor, he and his committee will not be called upon again to confirm another team of Minister and deputies to that Ministry soon. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Djokovic would happily miss W.Cup final for Wimbledon glory

first_img0Shares0000SNovak Djokovic insists he would happily miss a first appearance for Serbia in the World Cup final if it means he is back in the Wimbledon title match © AFP / Eric FEFERBERGLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 18 – Novak Djokovic insists he would happily miss a first appearance for Serbia in the World Cup final if it means he is back in the Wimbledon title match.Djokovic is an avid fan of the Serbian national team, who kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Russia on Sunday. Celebrating wildly after his friend Aleksandar Kolarov bagged Serbia’s winner with a superb free-kick, Djokovic watched the match from in a raucous players’ lounge at Queen’s Club in west London, where he is preparing for the start of the Wimbledon warm-up event next week.But the 31-year-old was surprised when he was told he would likely miss out on watching Serbia if they make a surprise appearance in the World Cup final.That is because the showpiece in Moscow is scheduled to kick off just hours after the Wimbledon men’s final begins at the All England Club on July 15.In truth, unfancied Serbia — who are competing at their first major tournament since 2010 — are far less likely to make the final than Djokovic, who is a three-time Wimbledon champion.But pressed on the potential fixture clash, Djokovic laughed off talk of mixed feelings.“Really? I didnt know that. Wow,” he told reporters.“From your mouth to gods ears as they say, hopefully that can happen.“I’ve been fortunate to win Wimbledon three times and play well there.“If that happens I would obviously be very happy to miss the World Cup final!”While Djokovic would swap World Cup glory for his own Wimbledon success, the proud Serb has been relishing his country’s return to the big time in Russia.“In the last 15 minutes I had to change a couple of shorts,” he said of the nervous conclusion to Serbia’s win over Costa Rica.“We didn’t qualify for last World Cup and the last two Euros, so we didn’t get a chance to enjoy these matches for a long time.“This was best way to start campaign. Everybody is watching in the players lounge.”– Insights –Djokovic has built up good relationships with several of the Serbia squad, often picking their brains about different ways to improve his training regime.“I’m friends with Kolarov who scored an amazing goal today, and (Nemanja) Matic, these guys,” he said.“It’s a different sport, but we share a lot of things in common as athletes. We support each other, but can also share insights into how we train.“As individual athletes we miss that feeling of being in a team. We only have that for the Davis Cup.“When you are playing for your nation, spending time together, it is wonderful.”Kolarov and company still have two more tricky group stage fixtures against Switzerland and Brazil.But Djokovic is already dreaming of Serbia advancing to the knockout stages in Russia.“Serbia have been quite successful in basketball over the years, but football is the most popular sport in the world and in our country as well,” he added.“Everyone would love to see the national team go far.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more