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For environmental pollution, Rights group to sue CEMENCO

By Musu Sirleaf
The CEMENCO production plant in Monrovia
The CEMENCO production plant in Monrovia

(mylbsonline/Liberia/Sept. 27/ 2013)-The Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) has threatened a lawsuit against the Management of the Liberia Cement Corporation (CEMENCO).

Commissioner James Torh said: “Residents of the Belimah Community complained the company for polluting the environment in recent months; charges the company has since denied.”

Commissioner Torh told Wednesday, September 25, 2013 that investigation was conducted by the Commission and findings proved that the area has been polluted by CEMENCO.

“The CEMENCO Management was contacted to comment on the residents’ claims, but still remains non-cooperative amid the imminent health hazards in the area.” the INCHR Commissioner added.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Torh has renewed the Commission’s commitment to ensuring that human rights and dignity are unhindered and protected without fear or favor.

Latest reports emanating from the Belimah Community say several persons experiencing health problems ranging from blindness, gastro intestinal complications, and dry cough to flooding in the area.

When contacted, CEMENCO General Services Manager, James Gibson, told that due to the huge population surrounding the company, it has taken several safety measures, including the construction of a dust controlled system, to prevent pollution.

Mr. Gibson said: “Prior to the commencement of CEMENCO’S operations in 1968, the area now referred to as the Belimah Community was not in existence.” 

The only established cement factory in Liberia is situated in the midst of five hugely populated communities, including Belimah, Jamaica Road, Free Port of Monrovia, S. K. D., and Saw Mill.

According to the report, the five communities play host to a combined population of more than 20,000 inhabitants.


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