TRANSCO CLSG Creates Over 7,000 Jobs In Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone & Guinea
Abidjan – Thousands of people in CLSG project-affected communities across Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have been employed by EPC contractors implementing the project.
EPC contractors were hired by Transco CLSG to build 1,303 km of 225kV double circuit overhead transmission line and 11 substations in the four countries.
The engineering works are part of a massive plan to provide stable and affordable electricity for the four countries as a means of spurring economic development.
According to statistics released by TRANSCO CLSG, about 7,695 local people have been employed by the EPC contractors along with few international experts to implement the CLSG interconnection project.
The jobs were created between January 2018 to December 2018 at the time construction activities kicked off.
Jobs were created for engineers, technicians, doctors, Administrative and financial experts, drivers, sawyer and casual jobs for the physical marking of the corridor or substation site and manual deforestation with machetes.
Other jobs created include guard and security Services, warehouse management, cooks, welders, carpenters, mechanics, and buldozing.
According to the stats released from Transco CLSG headquarters in Abidjan, 1,608 jobs were created in all four CLSG countries in the Fourth Quarter 2018
The rate of recruitment of local staff will increase as activities continue in 2019, according to Transco CLSG.
The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif termed the development as an “incredible milestone”.
The General Manager said creating jobs in the CLSG Countries is part of TRANSCO CLSG’s goal to create an enabling environment that will generate economic activities in order to alleviate poverty for the people.
During a recent tour of project sites, the General Manager met with scores of local people who have been hired by the Contractors to implement the CLSG project.
As he enumerated the vast benefits that come with the CLSG interconnection project, Mr. Sherif challenged the workers to take ownership of the project for its successful implementation.
Stressing that he was happy to see locals being hired to implement the project, the Transco General Manager challenged workers to own the project.
He added that even though TRANSCO CLSG is leading the construction of the transmission line, the communities should take ownership.
“It is you who are the owners of the line. You need to know that this line will be passing through your communities and it will benefit your communities economically and socially,” he said.