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Gov’t places ban on dredges from mining in Liberia’s water bodies

Edward Tamba/ Jos Garneo Cephas Sr.
One of the many dredges illegally operating in Liberian waters.
One of the many dredges illegally operating in Liberian waters.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – The Government of Liberia has acknowledged that there an ongoing unrestricted and illegal mining operations that has rendered serious economic losses to Government over the years.

The Mines and Energy Minister, Gestler Murray, has therefore, placed a ban on the use of dredges for the purpose of mining gold and diamond on all water bodies in the country with immediate effect.

Minister, Murray, said: “The move is intended to reduce the high rate of illicit mining activities across the country”.

According to the Minister, “while the ban is in place, the ministry would embark on the training of mining agents and mineral inspectors for efficiency and productivity in the mining sector”.

The Mines Ministry made known the decision in Monrovia, at a press conference held Monday, October 28, 2019. 

As part of the measures, the Ministry has also planned moratorium on the issuance of new class “C” Mining Licenses soon.

 


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