House to investigate BHP Billinton social fund

The leadership of the House of Representatives is expected to investigate concession firm here, BHP Billiton, to clearly establish status of its social development fund to Nimba County.


A communication from Nimba County electoral district#2 Representative Prince O. S. Tokpah, says BHP Billiton has a commitment to pay US$200,000 annually as its social corporate responsibility for two operational areas in Nimba, and US$100,000 to every operational area, including Mount Kitoma and Mount Tappita, respectively.

He says accordingly, the Government of Liberia represented by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has not been able to deliver said amount to the people of Nimba for the past six years, after several requests by the county for budgetary allotment.

The Nimba County lawmaker also notes that similarly, citizens have repeatedly requested an explanation about the refusal of government to forward same to the account of Nimba County.

Predicated upon the existing facts, he pleads with his colleagues to invite the Minister of Finance to clearly provide briefing on the status of the BHP Billiton social development fund. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has forwarded the communication to its leadership to investigate and act accordingly.

By Bridgett Milton-Editng by Jonathan Browne

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