The Director General of the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) Gregory Coleman, is leading an eight men NBC Monitoring Team on a visit to Arcelor Mittal Concession Company’s operating areas.
The visit is aimed at assessing current status of the company’s operation to assume measureable impact as outlined in its Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) with the Government of Liberia. Communication Coordinator T. Nicholas Faryombo says the visit is from 23rd to 27th April.
He notes that as the new head of the concessions bureau, the visit will also introduce Mr. Gregory Coleman to the Management and Staff of the company thus, opening a new page in the two entities’ collaboration.
During the five days stay at the company, Mr. Faryombo says the team will visit the Buchanan Port in Grand Bassa County thru which the company ships ore from Liberia. Besides, he continues, the team will meet with the management to understand issues and challenges confronting the operations of the company.
The meeting with the management among other things will as well afford the NBC to explain the newly approved Concessions Reporting Template (CRT) intended to make reporting easier and faster by concessionaires, according to Faryombo.
“From Buchanan, the team will visit the two mountains (Tokadeh and Gangra) being operated by the company in Yekapa, Nimba”, he adds. At the mine sites he further discloses the team will assess the safety measures of workers of the company and the environmental impact of its operations.
As part of its plan for the visit, the team will meet with stakeholders of the Concession’s affected communities and guage their appreciation of the company’s operation in their community.
Information generated from this exercise will be processed and is expected to be used by the Presidential Concessions Review Committee to give some references in dealing with specific issues during the Committee’s Work. Mr. Faryombo concluded.
Meanwhile, the NBC vows to continue with the visitation to other concession companies as part of its 150 days deliverable plans in support of the government’s short-term agenda. Press Release