A new Global Witness corruption report has unearthed that the acquisition of Liberiaâ€™s 13th oil block by U.S. oil giant, Exxon was a tainted deal that benefitted former government officials.
The anti-corruption group, Global Witness, has issued a statement condemning Pres. George Weahâ€™s decision to appoint Gabriel Nyenkan as head of secretariat of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
President Weah must fast-track the passage of the Land Rights Act in its current form and use it as a springboard to develop rural Liberia.
Thursday marked the third time the bill was presented in the Senate without passage.
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.
The Supreme Court of Liberia has granted a medical leave to Varney Sherman, one of the co-defendants in the ongoing Sable Mining bribery case.
The executive chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, James Verdier, says the institution is struggling to investigate corruption cases in other parts of the country due to lack of operational funds. Liberia currently ranks 90 among the 175 most corrupt countries around the world.
Defendants in the Global Witness corruption case have pleaded not guilty to court charges.