The Liberian NGO, Naymote-Partners for Democratic Development, has recently completed a major stakeholders’ engagement in Bong aimed at creating awareness about the use and management of County Social Development Funds.
Officials in Margibi have now agreed for a second county sitting in Kakata to determine the allocation for a US$1 million social development fund, amid mounting pressures from citizens.
Citizens in Margibi have raised eyebrows over waiver of over US$1.6 million of County Social Development Funds or CSDF owed the county by China Union.
Heavy rains have caused a severe mudslide in the concession area of China Union, in Fuamah District in Lower Bong, resulting in severe damage to the company’s equipment.
Mining operations degrade the environment through soil erosion, water contamination, air pollution, and often deforestation. These can lead to respiratory illnesses and heavy metal poisoning for nearby residents, sedimentation, and loss of arable land, while depleting valuable finite resources.
Amid a Ministry of Labour pronouncement to enforce labor laws meant to ensure that Liberians receive priority for jobs over foreign nationals, a business executive and a union leader have welcomed the move.
The Bong Mines Hospital is experiencing a financial crisis which has rendered the referral hospital incapable of offering essential medical services to the over 40,000 residents located in that region of Lower Bong County.
An article published by The Bush Chicken on April 19, 2016 revealed that in March 2015, 268 of the 610 workers employed by the China Union were Chinese nationals. This was according to a leaked document that the Ministry of Labour requires all employers hiring foreign workers to submit on a quarterly basis.