By: Albert M. Fania

Correspondenat, TLTV – Bong County

Kokoyah District, Bong County – The Management of MNG Gold Liberia has denied report of leaving Kokoyah District, but clarified that the company has slowed-down its operations due to the decrease in the Price of Gold on the World Market.

Recently, the Boinsen Citizens, Elders Consultative and Citizens Employment Committee demanded to host a meeting with the Management of MNG Gold Liberia amid speculations that the Turkish Mining Company is pulling off the district.

According to Mr. Nixon L. Kpee and Mr. Dua Karnga, the scheduled meeting was meant to remind and ask MNG about the status of their projects in the district per agreements within the Memorandum of Understanding with the community.

The duo maintained that despite several engagements with different stakeholders cutting across the company and the government of Liberia, their plights are yet to be addressed The citizens of Kokoyah alleged that the Turkish Mining Company was secretly desertion the District without notifying officials of the affected communities as spelt out in the MOU.

The multimillion gold mining Company has reportedly failed to live-up to its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSRs) as per the agreement between they and the affected communities in Kokoyah District Bong County.

The citizens, Chiefs and Elders are angry about the way their resources are being exploited with little or no benefits.

We are living here in this community, we have gold all over our land that we should be benefiting from but these people keep “stealing” it from us without a single benefit” Nixon L. Keep, of the communities representatives said.

They started from the surface and collected everything, they are now doing underground mining and our lives are at risk. They have dug holes all under the town and villages in this community. We will not listen to anyone from Liberia expect the general manager of MNG”, he added.

But speaking at a Town Hall meeting organized by the Boinsen Citizens, Elders Consultative and Citizens Employment Committee, the General Manager of MNG Gold Liberia Mr. Cem Koray Yagci said despite the economic constraints, the Company remains committed to its Corporate Social Responsibility.

Reacting to report from the citizens that they are transporting their major operational machines to Grand Cape Mount due to the low availability of gold in the District, Mr. Yagci described the information as false and misleading; stating that all of the Company’s equipment including the Processing plant is still available on ground. Remarking at the meeting, several residents of Kokoyah expressed disappointment over the alleged failure of MNG Gold Liberia to live up to some of the agreements enshrined in the Memorandum of Understanding.

MNG Gold’s Processing Plant

The citizens named the rehabilitation of feeder roads, constructions of Vocational Training Center, Community Clinics and the awarding of International Scholarships to potential sons and daughters of the District as some of the agreements the Company has allegedly failed to implement over the past seven years.

The disenchanted inhabitants called on Senator Prince Moye and Representative Albert Hills, Jr. to mount pressure on the Foreign Gold Mining Firm to speedily complete some of the projects they commenced years back in the area.

For their parts, Representative Albert Hills, Jr. and Senator Prince Moye encouraged the citizens to remain calm as they continue to pressurize the Company to prioritize their needed benefits; adding that MNG will not be allowed to depart the District without fulfilling their Corporate Social Responsibilities.

The Town Hall Meeting was hosted in David Dean’s Town, Bosien Administrative District during the weekend.

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