Mining Inspectors in Bong County have impounded a truck believed to be owned by illegal miners from neighboring Ghana, Ivory Coast and Guinea.
The NewDawn’s Bong County correspondent says the truck bearing foreign plate with number G2320 was impounded Tuesday, 10 April in Botota, Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County.
The truck’s impoundment comes after the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME’s) Regional Coordinator for Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties Mr. J.Sumo Talar announced that appropriate measures were put in place to arrest illegal miners at the bank of the St. John and St. Paul Rivers in Kokoyah District, Bong County.
It was earlier reported from the region that aliens were allegedly mining at the bank of the St. John River, a situation that drew the attention of officials at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and prompted the deployment of LME agents and inspectors in the district.
Our correspondent says Mining inspectors impounded the truck while enroute to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Owners of the truck have escaped, leaving the truck in the hands of LME inspectors. The LME Inspectors who impounded the truck have refused to be recorded by our correspondent, but the truck is currently in the distract and it is expected to be taken to Gbarnga for onward transfer to Monrovia.
Under the procedures of obtaining mining rights or license in Liberia, a foreign national or alien must obtain residence permit from the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) and work permit from the Ministry of Labor.
A Liberia Citizen must provide copy of passport, birth certificate or any documentation to proof citizenship. Our Correspondent says, since the impoundment of the truck, residents of the area have not seen the alleged illegal miners at the bank of the St. John River as it used to be.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley