30 November 2012

Liberia: EJ&J Logging Company Licenses Suspended

The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has suspended the activities of EJ&J Logging Company until it can improve conditions at its concession in River Cess County.

FDA Technical Manager Jangar S. Kamara told a gathering on Wednesday in River Cess that the decision was based on a complaint from Green Advocates that workers at the logging concession were living in appalling conditions liken to that of a slave camp.

Green Advocates, an environmental rights group, recently expressed disappointment over deplorable living conditions of workers at EJ&J Logging Company in River Cess.

The organization documented that workers were sleeping on bare-floor in a dungeon that has no ventilation.

But FDA Technical Manager said "we immediately moved in and instituted action on the spot. We were disappointed with what we saw at the logging concession."

Mr. Kamara noted that there were no mattresses at the site for workers to sleep on, and mosquito nets for workers.

He also observed that workers were sleeping in hallway that had no doors, and proper ventilation.

"We also expressed disappointment with the toilet and water system," Mr. Kamara said, sounding disappointed in the operation of the logging company.

Mr. Kamara said EJ&J will not harvest any log until it improves the housing situation at its concession in River Cess County.

"EJ&J will not have the rights to cut any log until we are satisfied with the level of improvement that they will do at the site," the FDA Technical Manager emphasized.

He disclosed that FDA would soon visit the concession to verify whether the company has met the mandate as the deadline reaches.

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