LIBERIA: Ganta City Mayor Lauds ArcelorMittal’s Community Awareness Initiative

Mayor of the City of Ganta Amos Suah

Ganta City Mayor, Amos Suah has thanked ArcelorMittal for its support to information sharing the commitment to development initiatives in the affected counties.

Speaking Monday at the launch of a month-long community awareness on ArcelorMittal’s Phase Two Expansion, Mayor Amos G. Suah said the decision to support such a platform that provides the opportunity for information sharing was laudable.

Women Empowerment Forum Liberia-WEFL, a local rights group based in Nimba County is disseminating information about ArcelorMittal and, gauging citizen’s perspectives on the company operation across the county.

Mayor Suah told the participants for too long; many people have suggested the company was doing anything due to acute lack of Information sharing.

According to him, “it was just of recent that we are getting to know more about what the company is doing”

“I am very appreciative of Women Empowerment Forum Liberia-WEFL for taking the lead on this and thanks to AML for buying this unique idea” he added.

“This is happening under the leadership of His Excellency President George M. Weah and for me as Mayor of this great city’’.

The Ganta Major encouraged participants to take advantage of the information supplied by the local civil society group especially the benefits associated with the ArcelorMittal expansion.

He further thanked AML its recent provision of substantial financial and material support to Nimba County’s 2022 inter district sports tournament and appealed for increment.

Early Monday, the Gompa Youth Center was filled with cross section of Stakeholders, Students, Youth Groups, Women Leaders, the disabled Community, Civil Society Organizations who formed part of the first set of community awareness drive by Women Empowerment Forum Liberia about the benefits of AML Phase-II Expansion project.

Madame Laura Bee Kiekpo Executive Director and team provided detail information about AML Expansion project and what communities stand to benefit when Phase Two is fully rolled out.

Over 200 participants turned out for Monday event in the commercial city of Ganta, compelling the team to hold two separate sessions.

WEFL said will extend the community engagement to Sanniquellie, Karnplay, Yekepa and Gbapa will for the next one-month period beginning November 1 -30, 2022, witness a campaign that targets explanation on the benefits of ArcelorMittal’s Phase-II expansion.

The CSO in a statement issued last weekend said it is seeking “to supply community dwellers especially those directly affected by the company’s mining activities with the much-needed information concerning the obligations of the concession to its host communities and people of Nimba and Liberia at large”.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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