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By Ethel A Tweh

Liberia: Grand Kru County Senator Numene Bartekwa and Grand Cape Mount County Senator Simeon Taylor have called on the Executive Branch of Government to ensure those concession agreements that come before the Legislature contain sufficient social benefits for the people affected counties.

Senator Bartekwa is the Chairman of Senate Joint Committee on Concession & Investment, while his colleague, Senator Taylor, is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mines and Energy.

The two senators said it is important that affected communities across the country have something to show when companies are operating in their respective areas.

They made the call at a hearing of the Senate Joint Committee on Concessions & Investment and Mines & Energy relative to the BAO CHICO Resources Liberia Ltd. Concession for the extraction of iron ore in Gbarpolu County.

 The company is expected to operate under a Class “A” mining license for an initial term of twenty-five years from the effective date. 

Senator Bartekwa and Taylor were addressing officials of the Executive, which included the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, Deputy Minister of Mines & Energy, Mr. Emmanuel O. Sherman, and the Assistant Commissioner of the National Investment Commission.

The two senators called on the Executive to ensure that the issue of infrastructure and housing of employees be taken into serious consideration when negotiating concessions.

 They noted that inadequate housing facilities have been provided by several concessionaires in the past, something the two committee chairpersons indicated, does not represent the dignity of employees.

 They also called on technicians in the executive to increase the scholarship fund in the BAO CHICO agreement to ensure that many persons in the county acquire the requisite knowledge to take over some managerial roles in the future.

At the hearing, the two Senate Committee Chairs called for an increment in the Social Contribution from US$300,000.00 to US$850,000.00.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/senate-probes-mia-payroll/–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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