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Dr. Jones Wants Equal Opportunity For Liberians
The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones, has said that he believes in equal opportunity for all as the country strives for economic transformation.” He added that he will not be deterred in working for financial inclusion and the fight against poverty in Liberia.
Speaking during the official opening of the Multi-National Credit Union office in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Governor Jones said while there continue to be criticisms from some quarters relative to his financial inclusion and economic empowerment drive; he remains committed to the process.
Speaking to a cross-section of Liberians including market women, members of the Credit Union Community and the hundreds of citizens that turned out to welcome him to Bomi County, Governor Jones said his administration will continue to support the financial inclusion program which had led to the establishment of numerous rural financial institutions throughout the country.
He said Bomi County was the last stop where assessment was made for the establishment of a rural Financial Institution and expressed happiness that credit union facilities have been extended to the people of the county.
Governor Jones expressed happiness that much has been achieved but stressed that more need to be done until Liberians are economically empowered.
The Central Bank Governor said the drive to alleviate poverty in the country should be the business of all Liberians. “This effort should be that of unity and requires the collective effort of all. The message I bring to you is that we can create a vital economic future for our country,” Dr. Jones said.
According to Governor Jones, the Central Bank will continue to work with various economic actors in the country for the enhancement of economic activities starting from the micro finance level.
He called on Liberians to unite in their drive to gain economic relevance and alleviate poverty saying, “We should do away with tribalism because such vices have no place in modern day Liberia.”
The credit Union Community lauded the CBL and Executive Governor Jones for the enormous support given in the reactivation of credit union activities in the country following a breakdown as a result of the Liberian crisis.
LCUNA especially lauded Governor Jones for his support in the reopening of its branches in the four regions of the country.
In recent time, LCUNA has refurbished and reopened its branches in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Ganta, Nimba County, Kakata, Margibi County, Compound Number 3 in Grand Bassa County and Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
Govt. School In C/Mount To Shut Down Due To Deplorable Condition
More than 800 students at the Government Demonstration Elementary School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County are expected to be out of school due to the dilapidated condition of its building.
Disclosing this to the Liberia News Agency in Robertsport Friday, the County Education Officer, Dwight Harvey, said the roof of the building is so dilapidated that whenever it rains the administration is left with no other alternative but to send the children home, thereby interrupting normal learning activities at the school.
Harvey told LINA that if nothing is immediately done to arrest the situation, especially during this rainy season, the school administration and the county education authority will be compelled to close the school because the building becomes flooded whenever it rains.
He also disclosed that besides the deplorable condition of the roof, all of the doors of the building are obsolete, while several chairs in classrooms are damaged. He added that the five toilet-room building at the school is also damaged, thereby forcing students to use the nearby bushes to defecate.
The Liberian educator is therefore appealed to government and international non-governmental organizations to come to the aid of the school so that the children will continue their education. LINA DIR/PSN/TSS
Rehabilitation Work Begins on R/Sport Road
-Acting Superintendent Calls on Citizens To Assist
The Acting Superintendent of Grand Cape Mount County, Madam Tenneh S. Kpadebah has commended the management of Aureus Mining Company for commencing the rehabilitation of the Madina- Robertsport highway.
Speaking at the start of the rehabilitation work, Madam Kpadebah called on other companies operating in the county to follow the examples of Aureus. She also called on her fellow Cape Mountainians to begin road-side brushing and other minor works to help the company successfully implement the project.
According the Acting Superintendent, the road leading to Robertsport is one the major challenges being faced by the county and the need for rehabilitation work cannot be over emphasized.
She noted that until central government is ready to pave the highway, her administration has taken up the challenge to rally support to continue to make the road pliable to vehicles and commuters traveling between Robertsport and other parts of the country.
Also speaking at the event, the Town Chief of Madina, Mr. Foday Sherman thanked the company for the assistance, describing it as a “step in the right direction.”
For her part, the women-wing Chairperson of the Unity Party in Grand Cape Mount County, Madam Yatta Dosii thanked the Acting Superintendent for lobbing with the company to rehabilitate the road. She used the occasion to call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other women in the country to support the work of women.
Also speaking, the head of the Motorcycle Union in Cape Mount, Momolu Monobah, thanked the Acting Superintendent and the company for the work. He noted that when the road is completed, it will help them move about freely and earn more money to support their families.
Mr. Anthony G. Shaway is the resident Engineer of the Ministry of Public Works in Grand Cape Mount County, he had this to say: “The one month project will entail upgrading and re-shafting of the road. He noted that the company will also do refilling of pot-holes amongst others.
Mr. Shaway however warned the citizens not to remove the laterite from the road, indicating that it damages the road.
In response, the General Manager of Aureus Mining Company, Mr. Debar Allen, said the work being done on the road was at the request of the Acting Superintendent. He added that the company, in consultation with the MPW resident engineer agreed to do surface regrading and shafting of the road.
He noted that the project is also part of the company’s social response to the people of Grand Cape Mount County. He added that the company will continue to reach out to the county in areas on needs and will do all to continue its good relation with the county.
Kingjor Residents Accuse Aureus of “Bridge of Agreement”
-Petitioned Lawmakers to Intervene, But…
Citizens of Kingjor Town in Gola Konneh District, Grand Cape Mount County, have accused the Management of Aureus Mining Company of bridging the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) agreed between the company and the affected communities.
But the Company says ‘it is committed to every aspect of the agreement.’
In a ten count petition to the Grand Cape Mount Legislative Caucus, the spokesman of the aggrieved citizens, Mr. Boakai J. Swaray, accused Aureus of failing to complete the construction of over three hundred housing units for members of the affected communities on time, and has also failed to establish an agriculture cooperative promised by the company prior to relocating them to the temporary housing units in the new Kingjor Village, where they currently live.
“Aureus has failed to provide training opportunities for youths of the community, but rather, the company brought-in individuals from elsewhere to occupy positions which we have qualified individuals to perform,” Swaray said.
The aggrieved citizens indicated that Aureus Mining company promised to provide them resettlement package for relocating from the old villages (Kingjor and Larjor) to the new Kingjor Town, but has allegedly failed to live up to said promise.
Mr. Swaray alleged that the company has so far failed to construct a clinic in the town to cater for their medical needs but, however, the company went ahead and published on its Aureus’ website that the company has constructed a clinic in Kingjor.
Mr. Swaray also claimed that the current school in Kingjor (Kingjor Elementary School) is not in a good condition, indicating that there are no ceiling tiles in the building, water, teachers and laboratory, etc).
Mr. Swaray said they have asked their Lawmakers to prevail on Aureus to live up to the RAP.
When contacted, the General Manager of Aureus Mining Company, Mr. Debar Allen, said he has not been presented copy of the petition and that the community has not bring same to his attention.
He said “the company and the community leaders have met and agreed to maintain the frequent level of dialogue that characterized our past before the Ebola outbreak which made meetings impossible.”
The Aureus GM said the company is committed to all aspects of its Mineral Development Agreement as indicated in its agreement with the government and will do nothing to derail the good relations between the company and the community.
The Chairman of the Grand Cape Mount Legislative Caucus, Senator Edward B. Dagoseh said the caucus has acknowledged receipt of the petition and said they will shortly convene a meeting with the aggrieved party to address the situation.
For her part, the Acting Superintendent of Grand Cape Mount County, Tenneh S. Kpadebah, urged citizens to do away with activities that could create confrontation with companies operating in the county.
Acting Supt. Kpadebah told the Liberia News Agency (LINA), that the establishment of concessions in Cape Mount is a blessing, because it has provided job opportunities for the people.
She said the ‘companies operating in the county will be unable to achieve their intended objectives when there is no harmony between the companies and citizens.
She however urged the companies operating in the county to respect social agreements to the citizens in order to have a good working relationship.’
Meanwhile, our reporter who visited Kingjor work is currently ongoing on the site and that the project is well on course. According to our reporter, the company has completed the construction of a church, Mosque and a school building.
Our investigation in Kingjor also proves that the company has constructed over ten borehole wells with hand pumps in the area but the wells ran dry. However, the company have begun the construction of additional seven wells (hand wells not bore hold) and will insert twenty curvets in each to avoid it from running dry, said Sharik Sonii, Aureus PR officer.
On the issue of the clinic, our investigation also revealed that the company has asked the community to identify an area where a temporary clinic will be housed until the main clinic is constructed.
Our reporter also searched the website of the company to ascertain as to whether it publish on its site the construction of clinic but did not find same as alleged by the some of the residents.
According to our reporter who visited Kingjor, the company has begun the construction of hand-well on the campus of the school because the current pump has run dried. Additionally our reporter said he was informed by the head of public relations, Mr. Sherik Sonii, that the company is currently paying and providing the six teachers of the school and will shortly setup a library facility for students to easily make research.
Under the agreement which led to the relocation of the resident, Aureus Mining Company and Residents of two small villages, (kingjor and Larjor), agreed that the company (Aureus) will relocate them from the two villages “(the villages sat on the gold deposit)” to a temporary housing units constructed by the company, where they will live until their prominent homes also being constructed by the company in the new Kingjor Town are ready.
The agreement further provides that each of the over 2000 members of the affected communities will benefit the same numbers of bedroom in the temporary and prominent structures. Meaning, if a person currently owned a three bed-room in the temporary facility, the same number will be given to them in the prominent structures which are being built with hydrophone bricks. The agreement also provides that the company will pay for tree-crops as well as other benefits as required for international standard.
Homeland Newspaper Tuesday, June 9, 2015 edition.
Aureus, Aminata Signs US90M Deal
Aureus Mining Company and Aminata and Sons, have entered into a US$90m (Ninety Million) contract for the supply of petroleum products to Aureus Mining New Liberty Gold Mining Project in Grand Cape Mount County.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the General Manager of Aureus Mining Company, Mr. Debar Allen said Aminata, dealer in petroleum service delivery meets the standard and has demonstrated the capacity to deliver more than any of its competitors in the sector.
“It is a pride and joy for Aureus to do this with a Liberian entity because of our belief in local content. We are confident that Aminata can deliver a key component of the project by the provision of fuel over its duration.
This is the third sizable contract in our operation for the duration of the mine; and we are proud that we can enter into this agreement with a Liberian own entity.”
For his part, the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy Mr. Patrick Sandolo, said Aureus Gold Mining project represents lot of “firsts” in Liberia.
He described the project as “the first industrial size gold mining operation in Liberia ever, and the first new mining operation in Liberia to commence in 2015. He noted that the contract is also the most significant and the largest that any company in the mining sector has awarded to Liberian business entity.”
According to Minister Sandolo, “the signing of this contract gives us what we have been trying to get, which is that all other companies should remain committed; and also keep their projects on course. We are very pleased and gratified, and we assure all companies in the country of government’s fullest support in their operations.”
Also speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of Aminata and Sons, Mr. Siaka Toure, thanked the Government of Liberia for creating the enabling environment to allow business entities to freely operate in the country.
Mr. Toure said the signing of the contract has relieved Aureus of the burden of procuring and transporting petroleum product at the mine. He promised that Aminata will construct a tank farm at the mine where the company will be receiving its supplies.
He indicated that his company will do everything possible to keep the contract on course throughout the duration of the mine. He thanked Aureus for selecting a Liberian company to supply such a very significant commodity to the project.
The Acting Minister of Commerce, Mr. Cyril Allen said it is a good thing to have Liberian companies entering into such a deal for the supply of petroleum products in the mining sector. “We are very proud of Aminata, and we hope that they will live up to the expectations of the deal.”
The New Liberty Gold Mines project, owned by Aureus Mining Company has an estimated proven and probable reserve of 924,000 ounces of gold grading 3.4 g/t. When fully operational, this project will provide much needed revenue and employment for Liberians while developing human capacity and business opportunities for Liberian owned Small Medium Enterprises over the eight years duration of the mine. Author’s contact: 231-886-270-297; email: [email protected].
-Ellen Commend Aureus Mining Company
Pix: Aureus Mining Gold Processing site near completion in Kinjor.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has commended Aureus Mining Company for its commitment to the development of Liberia, a post-war nation.
The Liberian leader described the work of the company as impressive and called on other concession companies operating in the country to follow suit.
Delivering her annual message to the Fourth Session of the 53rd Legislature, President Sirleaf said: “I commend the impressive work of the gold mining concessionaire, Aureus Mining, in Grand Cape Mount County and I urge all of you to visit the concession site for a personal appreciation of the beneficial results of these arrangements that you have approved.”
President Sirleaf praised the company for the level of development they are doing in the area, describing the work of Aureus as being remarkable.
The General Manager of Aureus Mining Company, Mr. Debar Allen said the company is delighted over the President’s commendation about our work at Aureus.
He noted that his company remains committed to aspects of the Mineral Development Agreement, including its Resettlement Action Plan which provides for the construction of new and modern homes for employees and residents of the affected communities.
He added that the President’s commendation has motivated the company further to living up to all aspects of its agreement.
Aureus Mining Company, Liberia’s first hard rock gold mining company is a subsidiary of the Bea Mountain Corporation operating in Kinjor, a small remote village turned modern town in Grand Cape Mount County.
Already, the company has begun pre-mining operations at its New Liberty Gold Project Site, thus providing employment opportunities for several Liberians.
It can be recalled that even in the midst of the Ebola Virus Disease, Aureus has remained in country to demonstrate its commitment to providing jobs and maintaining its schedule.
The presence of the company in Liberia gives a major confidence-boost to the nation, as it strives to rebuild its economy and reduce poverty.
The New Liberty Gold Mines project, owned by Aureus Mining Company, has an estimated proven and probable reserve of 924,000 ounces of gold grading 3.4 g/t. When fully operational, this project will provide much needed revenue and employment for Liberians while developing the human capacity and business opportunities for Liberian owned Small Medium Enterprises. Author’s contact: 231-886-270-297; email: [email protected]
September 29, 2014
PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Extractive Media Watch (EMW), expressed with grieve concern the illegal payment of US$25,000.00 made by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), to Representative Adolf Lawrence, Chairman of the House’s Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy and the Environment for legal services rendered to the House of Representatives by a lawyer (name withheld) during the nationwide oil consultation.
As a watchdog group in the extractive sector of Liberia, we see this as a serious act of corruption and mistrust of public confidence by both NOCAL and Rep. Adolf Lawrence.
While the House of Representatives is reviewing the oil laws of Liberia, to see NOCAL and the House’s Chairman on nature resources involve in secret deals is troubling and seriously undermines the reform process of the hydrocarbon industry of our country.
What is even more disturbing to us is the public admittance by Deputy House Speaker, Hon. Hans Barchue, on a local radio talk show, claiming that the amount in question (US$25,000.00), is a reimbursement payment to Speaker J. Alex Tyler, who he said had earlier paid the lawyer for the service rendered.
As our country struggle against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, which has killed thousands of our compatriots and ravaging the economy of our nation, it is very disheartening to see some of our public officials both in the Legislative and Executive branches of government engaged in broad-day act of corruption to the disadvantage of the poverty stricken masses.
EMW want to extol the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), for its swift intervention into the alleged act of corruption which led to the arrest and preliminary investigation of Rep. Lawrence.
We also want to use this medium to call on the LACC to immediately arrest and investigate the President/CEO of NOCAL, Dr. Randolph A.K.W. McClain and the entire senior management team of NOCAL for their role in the disbursement of said amount to Rep. Lawrence for service he did not rendered.
We also call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to take immediate action against the leadership of NOCAL for their constant involvement into acts of corruption, which seriously undermines the country’s development agenda.
In addition to our call, we are resolved to writing the international community and partners of this government, including the United States Embassy accredited near Monrovia, the United Nations Mission in Liberia, the European Union, UNDP, and the Chinese Embassy respectively to call their attention and intervene into this serious bridge of the public trust by Senior government’s officials and help save the Liberian people from the hands of corrupt officials.
Roland M. Perry
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