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Arcelor Mittals compliance report backfires, Senate threatens

By Dyrus Zinnah
ArcelorMittal Liberia CEO,  Antonio Carlos
ArcelorMittal Liberia CEO, Antonio Carlos

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Concession, Judiciary and Lands, Mines and Energy has described Arcelor Mittal’s compliance report presented the Senate as fake and far from the reality.

The committee has threatened to place a hold on Arcelor Mittal’s proposed amendment bill to the Legislature seeking for government to reduce its taxes from 35 to 25%.

Following a two-day assessment of the company’s operations in Yekepa, Nimba County, members of the Ad-Hoc Committee told mylbsonline that the company was not in compliance with the agreement.

The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Concession, Judiciary and Lands, Mines and Energy was headed by Bomi County Senator, Sando Johnson, who chairs the Senate Committee on Concession and Investment.

The committee members also expressed frustration over a number of foreigners occupying top managerial positions at the detriment of qualified Liberians; something they said is against the spirit of the agreement.

Our reporter, who travelled along with the Senate delegation, said: “The Senators also saw Liberian workers living in a small room with the bathroom just a step to the kitchen; posing health hazard to the workers.”

They also observed that schools, housing units and the Yekepa Hospital are also not fully renovated; something that should be done during the first phase of the agreement.

Our reporter said: “Most of the workers were also afraid to express their grievances to the Senators for fear of being sacked.”
Arcelor Mittal Management admitted of not being in total compliance with the agreement, but assured the Senators of improvement in its adherence to the agreement.

The company’s management also agreed to give a timeline to the Senate in meeting full compliance of phase one of the Mineral Development Agreement.

 


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