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Rep. Tokpah wants Mineral Agreement revisited

By Musu Sirleaf

(lbsonline/Liberia)-A lawmaker of Nimba County wants the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA), signed between the Government and Arcelor Mittal revisited.

Representative Prince Tokpah made the call over the weekend when he was addressing citizens of District Two in Nimba County.

Representative Tokpah said: “Arcelor Mittal’s failure to implement the provisions of the MDA has deprived the District’s citizens some needed benefits.”

“Over 70% of the housing units in Yekepa has not been renovated, and as a result, the situation has made life unbearable for the people of the area,” he told lbsonline.

The Nimba County lawmaker said: “Farm land belonging to the people of District Two is being polluted by the company.  It is disgusting to see expatriates living standardized life, while the local workers are living below standardized life”

Arcelor Mittal’s Superintendent for local and governmental Affairs, Ambrose Gbormie, rejected Representative Tokpah’s claims.

Superintendent Gbormie said: “The Company is working tirelessly to improve the lives of the citizens.”

He then urged Representative Tokpah to stop using the citizens to win their favor.

Arcelor Mittal is an internationally recognized iron ore mining concession in Liberia. It is considered the world’s largest steel company.   The company and the Liberian Government entered into an agreement, over two years ago, to carry out iron ore exploration at Mount Nimba.

Mount Nimba was operated on by the former Liberia Swedish-American Mining Company, otherwise known as LAMCO. The mountain is part of the Guinea Highlands, located in Nimba County, found in Liberia’s North-Eastern Region.

LAMCO began its operations in Liberia during the middle of the country’s 18th President, William V. S. Tubman’s administration, ushered in 1944.

LAMCO came to the country, as a result of President Tubman’s economic policy, the “Open Door Policy.”  The multi-million Dollar international iron ore company seized operations in Liberia, due to the huge negative impact of the country’s 15-year civil conflict.


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