River Gee County District # 3 Representative Francis S. Dopoh, questions the legality of concession agreements between the Government of Liberia and steel giant, ArcelorMittal.
According to Representative Dopoh, since 2006 the concession has not been reviewed by the government.
He notes that in 2004, the Inter-Ministerial Committee informed the Government of Liberia through late Transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant, that it has concluded discussions with a company called Global Infrastructural Holding Limited, about the development of iron ore in Nimba County.
He added that document, in his position shows that Global Infrastructural Holding Limited formed a partnership with the Government of Liberia, establishing Liberia Global Mining Company, which was awarded a bid.
The River Gee County Lawmaker further indicated that unfortunately on March 28, 2005, ArcelorMittal, not being a member of the biding process, requested for the development of iron ore in Nimba County and that, due to some connections, was given the bid, instead.
Recently, Nimba County District # 5 Representative Samuel Kogar, wrote a communication to Plenary of the House of Representatives, calling on that august body to review the concession of ArcelorMittal.
The Lawmaker explains that the Mineral and Mining Law of Liberia calls for first come, first serve, and as such, the contract awarded to ArcelorMetal is in complete violation of the law.
Rep. Dopoh further argues that in counties (Nimba and Grand Bassa) that ArcelorMittal presently operates, there is no development, disclosing there are people (signatories) in documents that he has who are still around today, and they should be made available to testify that indeed, ArcelorMittal never won the bid.
Dopoh clarifies that his interest on the matter is not personal, but to establish the facts because the right thing should done in the country.
By Bridgett Milton–Editing by Jonathan Browne