Nimbians still reject Arcelor Mittal Agreement

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SANNIQELLIE- Several Nimbaians   have called on the legislature to nullify the current mineral development  between the Liberian government and Arcelor  Mittal because it is not in the interest of the county and the country.

At a mass meeting held in Sanniquellie,  Nimba County,  over the weekend, on  the status of the  Mineral Development Agreement  put before the National Legislature, from ArcelorMittal,  participants at the conference have called on the government  to ignore any additional years to Arcelor Mittal  until its current nine years agreement expires.  Those at the conference believe that the  steel giant  has been unable to abide by the first agreement  signed in 2005.

The conference was organized by Nimba  Kwado(meaning one Nimba in the local   dialect) has been discussing a number of issues in the county ranging from developments, to the welfare of its people.  This was not the first time for such conference to  be held.  It can be recalled that last year similar  meeting  was held in which thousands of citizens from different parts of the world attended. Some lawmakers were present at the meeting.

At the  end of the conference the president of the group, Mr. Isaac Dahn  told reporters  that the company was not in the county to help rather, to exploit and at such, the current MDA should not be ratified.

According to him,  AML has not been able to live up to the agreement. For instance, the lack of housing, good health care, job opportunity and above all, control over the rail and port of Buchanan.

He said, all parties should have access to both the rail  and  the  port as it was the property of the country and not  AML.

At the conference a former senator of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration, Saye Taylor Dolo,  called on delegates to seek audience with the company to look at some of the issues raised in the  agreement.

He has  earlier expressed his dissatisfaction over the agreement, but said, it was also important to meet the company’s representatives for a dialogue.

According to the delegates, a resolution  from the conference is expected to be sumitted  to President George  Weah soon. At the same time, the elders and chiefs are calling for  the president to pay a visit  to the county to see at first hand the current situation.

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