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Government and ArcelorMittal Liberia Collaborate for Industrial Harmony in Nimba County

Taylor disclosed that ArcelorMittal is embarking on a significant second phase of investment worth $1.7 billion, in addition to the $3 billion already invested in Liberia. He pledged the company’s dedication to working collaboratively with the Nimba County communities to foster sustainable development and industrial peace.
Internal Affairs Minister Francis Nyumalin at a meeting with citizens and AML in Yekepa

Nimba County, Liberia: – The Government of Liberia, in collaboration with ArcelorMittal Liberia, says they are working to address and resolve community grievances that would ensure industrial harmony at the company’s mining operations in Nimba County.

The initiative follows recent disruptions at ArcelorMittal’s sites due to protests by residents some of who are in the mine-affected communities.

At a meeting on Saturday in Monrovia, Internal Affairs Minister Francis Sakila Nyumalin announced the government’s commitment to fostering a constructive relationship between ArcelorMittal and the local communities.

To facilitate this, he said various committees have been established comprising government representatives and civil society organizations.

These committees are tasked with addressing key issues raised by the residents, including employment opportunities, educational scholarships, water supply, healthcare services, waste disposal, and fuel management.

Minister Nyumalin urged residents to engage constructively with ArcelorMittal to resolve their grievances and emphasized the importance of a mutually beneficial relationship.

The Minister highlighted that the government’s intervention aims to ensure that the company’s operations do not negatively impact the local population and that community benefits are maximized.

In response, Andrew Taylor, ArcelorMittal Liberia’s Chief Operational Manager, reassured both the residents and the government of the company’s commitment to addressing their concerns.

Taylor disclosed that ArcelorMittal is embarking on a significant second phase of investment worth $1.7 billion, in addition to the $3 billion already invested in Liberia. He pledged the company’s dedication to working collaboratively with the Nimba County communities to foster sustainable development and industrial peace.

Taylor commended the government, particularly Minister Nyumalin, for their intervention efforts and praised the residents for agreeing to a peaceful resolution of the disputes.

The recent protests had resulted in disruptions, with blockades set up at the company’s mining sites, leading to a temporary halt in operations and evacuation of staff after the residents moved “bush masters”, otherwise known as “country devils” up the mines.

The government and ArcelorMittal Liberia’s joint is intended to promote industrial harmony and sustainable development in Nimba County as a shared commitment to addressing community concerns and fostering a positive working relationship that benefits all stakeholders involved.

The government said this initiative represents a worthy step towards ensuring that ArcelorMittal’s operations contribute positively to the local economy and community welfare, aligning with the broader goals of the Boakai administration to achieve national development through industrial growth.

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Traditional Chiefs and Elders in Nimba Vow to End Citizen Demonstrations Against ArcelorMittal Operations

“We wish to go on record with a vow that as long as ArcelorMittal is ready to work with us, listen to us, and adequately address our concerns, there will be no reoccurrence of citizen-led demonstrations as we realized in the past,” stated the resolution, signed by Lawrence T. Tokpah, Sr., Secretary General, and approved by Chief Robert Senneah, Chairman of the Chiefs and Traditional Elders Council of Nimba.

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