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A mining services agreement between Liberia and a Nigerian firm, GAMLA and MANEX- Liberia has been signed. The company was originally established in 1981 by a young American-trained chemical Engineer, Nelson Diche Ononye as Chairman and Chief Executive.

The agreement was reached through the Ministries of Justice, Defense, State for Presidential Affairs and Lands, Mines and Energy and the Nigerian company. Signing for the Liberian Government were Christian P. Tah Minister of Justice, Deputy Defense Minister for Operations Dionysius Sebwe, National Investment Commission Chairman O. Natty B. Davis, while former Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia Ayo Adigun and other diplomats represented the company.

The Nigerian company will provide training for Liberian blasters, drillers, security, as well as supply mining companies with civil blasting explosives and other materials needed for the mining sectors. The company will also transport explosives from one point to another and keep full inventory on civil blasting explosives materials.

The Chairman of the Nigerian company, Nelson Diche Ononye noted that teaching blasters, drillers, as well as the protection of commercial explosives were very relevant to the mining sector of Liberia because explosives will not be in the wrong hands.  He also said the presence of GAMLA in partnership with MANEX will provide increment in employment for Liberians.

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