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The Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME’s) Regional Coordinator for Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties Mr. J.Sumo Talar says appropriate measures have been put in place to arrest illegal miners at the bank of the St. John and St. Paul Rivers in Kokoyah District, Bong County.

Mr. Talar’s disclosure comes after a recent report from Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County that individuals believed to be Ghanaians, Nigerians, Guineans and Ivorians were allegedly mining at the bank of the St. John River in the County.

Mr. Talar wants those involved in illegal mining activity to immediately desist from such acts to avoid embarrassments. He warns that illicit mining is against the mining law of Liberia, adding that anyone seen in such act will be arrested, charged and sent to court.

According to the LME regional official, the Ministry is putting into place necessary measures to arrest violators, adding that their mining agents and inspectors have been deployed to monitor miners’ day – to – day activities across the county.

Mr. Talar also used the medium to appeal to the Liberian government to help with vehicles or motorcycles to enable mining inspectors and agents to monitor mining sites in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties for the overall improvement of the mining sector here.
Meanwhile, the LME Regional Office has been opened in Gbarnga, Bong County, as part of efforts to decentralize government activities in the country.

The office will also be responsible to issue or renew miner’s licenses which might greatly help miners cut down the distance it took some of them in the past traveling to Monrovia to obtain mining licenses.

“The office which is opened in Bong County will give miners the opportunity here to renew or obtain their licenses instead of going to Monrovia,” Mr. Talar asserts.

According to him, the office will be issuing licenses based on different categories including Class A, B and C to miners in the county.

By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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