Nimba CSO Talks Tough

…Steals the Show during President Weah’s Visit

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GANTA-Citizens and residents of Nimba County continue to hail presentation by the county’s civil representative as the only meaningful engagement with President George Weah and his entourage on their tour. President Weah and his team entered Nimba on Monday, February 15, as part of their nationwide tour, and had the first townhall meeting with citizens in Gompa City, the county’s commercial capital.

Nyahn G. Flomo, Manager of Radio Kergheamahn and Program Coordinator of Parley Liberia speaking on behalf of the county’s civil society organizations commended the government for maintaining and sustaining peace and stability in the country while at the same outlining challenges of governance and community empowerment in Liberia’s second most populous county.

He said very low capacities of the police and other security agencies to adequately respond to crimes have the potential to undermine the peace and security of Gompa City in particular and Nimba County at large. “Mr. President, mob violence and extra judicial killings are fast becoming a commonplace”, he told President Weah. He further told President Weah that drugs and substance abuse are fast becoming a menace, with a part of the city on the Ganta United Methodist land now a no-go area for security officers and residents.

The next area of peace and security concerns that the civil society representative touched during his presentation to President Weah and his entourage is unending land disputes in Gompa City. “Mr. President, those disputes are being fueled by the production of faked and fraudulent land documents. The Government put mechanisms in place to investigate the authenticities of those documents”, he averred.

Turning to the operations of Arcelor-Mittal in the county, he called on the Government to include the participation of representatives of the affected mining communities during the review of the MDA. He said last year the company exceeded its target of 5 million metric tons by 100,000 tons, yet the social fund given remains the same. “Further, the price of iron ore has improved and the forecast for the next five years is favorable that it could even be better”. Nyahn Flomo then called on the government to negotiate for an increment in the social to commensurate with the huge profits AML is making.

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