Last Tuesday, Tripoli-based Libyan Prime Minister, Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba, accompanied by the Governor of the Central Bank, Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer, the head of the Audit Bureau, Khaled Shakshak, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Omran Al-Qayeb, the Board of Directors of the University of Tripoli, several faculty members at the university, and the University Students Union, inaugurated a new, fully equipped lecture hall complex at Tripoli University.
The construction was completed by the state Libyan Investment and Development Company (LIDCO) on behalf of the state Organisation for the Development of Administrative Centres (ODAC). LIDCO was managed in the Qaddafi era by Aldabaiba.
Lecture halls completed by Libyan workforce
LIDCO reported that the lecture hall complex, which was initially constructed by a Turkish company, was completed by a Libyan workforce. Foreign companies have failed to resume their construction projects since the 2011 revolution. The lecture hall complex includes 6 highly equipped lecture halls with all their various facilities and can accommodate a total of 2,016 students.
Commenting on the inauguration of the lecture halls, in an exclusive interview with Libya Herald, the Director of LIDCO, Tariq Al-Shaafi, said that his company has completed the preparation of several university auditoriums and administrative buildings in several universities and educational institutions throughout Libya, including the University of Tripoli.
Resumption of work in all sectors
He said all sectors, including higher education, are witnessing the resumption of work and the completion of several projects that have been suspended for several years, considering the completion of the projects a good achievement in view of the country’s situation.
Endeavour to complete all projects
Al-Shaafi praised the efforts of the government and ODAC in their endeavour to complete all projects, especially activating many projects that have been suspended for years, including the project of the Pharmacy College lecture halls, as the complex includes 6 highly equipped grandstands with all its various facilities, and can accommodate more than 2,000 students.
Lecture halls in other faculties and universities
Al-Shaafi added that LIDCO will complete other lecture halls in the Faculties of Veterinary, Engineering, Science, and Medicine and Dental Surgery at the University of Tripoli, in addition to several other educational projects in universities such as the University of Zawia, Misrata, Al-Margab, Nalut, the University of Benghazi and Al-Bayda.
LIDCO’s Bab Tarabulis (Tripoli Gate) project
Al-Shaafi also highlighted LIDCO’s continuing work at the Bab Tripoli administrative residential project located on the Airport Road at the entrance to Tripoli. Tripoli Gate consists of administrative buildings for ministries, institutions and public bodies, and luxurious residential apartments equipped with high-speed internet services via optical fibres, piped gas supplies and multi-storey car parks. Several of these have been partially completed, he claimed.
He also highlighted the completion of an integrated sports hall to practice sports activity in the Al-Ahly Club, Tripoli, and another in Al-Ittihad Club. These, Al-Shaafi said, were equipped with the latest and finest modern sports equipment according to international standards, including a sports park floor according to international specifications used at international level. The halls were also equipped with integrated systems such as surveillance cameras and a fire extinguishing system. American-made fire and central air-conditioning systems, as well as the broadcasting and sound system with high-quality international standards, and the installation of wall buffers to protect against shocks and a rubber floor.
Residential and commercial project
Al-Shaafi confirmed that work is underway to complete a distinguished residential and commercial project, which will be built on a 7-hectare plot of land near the Iron Bridge in the Abu Salim area (on the corner of Airport Road).
LIDCO/Al-Maabar’s Waha Complex
One of these is a residential complex with a global vision and design, consisting of 11 residential buildings and a commercial part of its components, of which 2 are service towers. This component is a joint (50-50 percent) investment between LIDCO and UAE’s Al-Maabar International Investment Company, he explained.
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