Thousands of residents in villages in the Tonkpi region of Man and Danane were the happiest when two newly constructed and renovated schools and a clinic were turned over to local government authorities by TRANSCO CLSG on Monday, 28 September 2020.
The villages of Gouagonopleu in Sangouiné sub-prefecture, Man department, Féapleu in the Kouanwoulé sub-prefecture and Blapleu in the Mahapleu sub-prefecture in Danané department were recipients of these modern social infrastructures.
MR. BAILLY’S SPEECH IN FRENCH:
These facilities were constructed and renovated by EPC contractors, BOUYGUES ENERGIES & SERVICES, as part of its corporate social responsibility to the people in the CLSG project impacted regions. TRANSCO CLSG Director of the Project, Etienne Bailly, handed the keys over to local authorities and visited various infrastructure built or rehabilitated, for the benefit of the people of Gouagonopleu, Feapleu and Blapleu.
In his keynote statement on behalf of the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Bailly called on the residents to make maximum use of the facilities and ensure the kids receive quality education. According to Bailly, the rehabilitation and construction of public primary schools provide a healthier learning environment for children in the beneficiary villages and neighboring communities.
“For teachers, these schools are now more pleasant and friendly working environments. Let these facilities improve the quality of life of the communities affected by the CLSG project,” he said. The TRANSCO CLSG Executive called on the parents to invest in their children’s school environment and in the educational project that will be put in place by teachers.”
Mr. Bailly used the occasion to express TRANSCO CLSG gratitude to the Prefect of the Tonkpi Region, Prefect of the Department of Man and to the entire prefectural body for their support to the CLSG project. “As you know, the CLSG project was born from the will of the four countries – Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, to put together their resources and address the common energy crisis.
The CLSG project construction works, he disclosed, are well advanced despite challenges including the Ebola health crisis in 2014-2015, and currently the Coronavirus pandemic. “The Overall progress is estimated at 87% and the progress of the first section from Côte d’Ivoire to Liberia exceeds 95%. The first commissioning dates of the line from Man are expected by end of the year, beginning of December 2020,” the Project Director explained.
“All this progress has been made possible thanks to the support of our administrative and local authorities, and the continued support of our valiant people who have embraced the CLSG project. Very big thanks to the four Governments of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, who have granted equipment and free movements of workers during this period of crisis when borders are still closed.”
Mr. Bailly also thanked the national organizations responsible for the monitoring of the implementation of the ESMP and RAP, including the members of the National Committee and those of the Local Committees in Man and Danané, and the Claims Management Committee for their constant support throughout the compensation process and the turnover of the project line corridors.