DI Lands UGX40bn housing deal in Liberia

Eng. Aita stresses a point as (L-R) Celia, Clark and Sunday Etrima, the DI CEO look on during the press briefing

ARUA/MONROVIA – Arua based Development Infrastructure (DI) company has partnered with the Liberian government to construct houses in the West African Country.

The 10-year agreement between DI and the government of Liberia will enable DI to undertake different projects in the country starting with the construction of 300 housing units, worth Ugandan shillings 40 billion.

While briefing journalists on the progress of the partnership at Golden Courts Hotel on Thursday, Eng. Joel Aita, the DI Chairman said they have already looked at different areas where DI will do investments in Liberia.

“One of the most key areas we are looking at is the partnership with the National Housing Authority (NHA) of Liberia to develop an Eco-City; not just one, but once we finish one, we shall be able to do the others. Liberia has around 15 Counties which have a very huge demand for housing,” Aita said.

“Through the leadership of the NHA, they are really coming up with a very good plan of ensuring that all Liberians are living in decent accommodation. This is inline with the aspirations of the President of Liberia, H.E George Weah,” Aita said.

Aita made the revelation in the presence of Brown Celia Cuffy, the Managing Director NHA of the Republic of Liberia and Henry Clark, the Deputy MD for Technical Services NHA who led a team of Liberian officials to see the projects undertaken by DI in Uganda.

“There was need for them to come and also see the different projects we are having here in Uganda. We started from Kampala side and we were able to see a number of projects there and later in Arua, after that the team will be able to go back to Liberia and will also be able to send our technical team because as we speak now, they have already given us the first land in Liberia for us to start work,” Aita explained.

He said they are going to start with 300 houses worth shs40bn and once they are done with them, they will be looking at a bigger housing project to be done in Liberia.

Speaking during the press conference, Celia said Africans should learn to be their brothers’ keepers and encouraged African Investors to invest in each other’s countries.

“Number one because we know our culture. Our culture is very beautiful, so only Africans can preserve that culture for our children. We are very glad to have the chairman from DI to have joined us,” Celia said.

“What we are trying to do between the two countries is to forge a very essential relationship in doing business and it is a win-win situation. We have a need for housing, Liberia went through a 14-year civil war so, one of the priorities of the President of the Republic of Liberia is to ensure that every Liberian has a place of their own instead of renting,” Celia emphasized.

She said since the last three years, their President has vigorously gone from villages to villages constructing and replacing huts with decent homes for the very poor people in the interior part of Liberia, a reason they want the support of DI in the country.

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