The NEWS (Monrovia)

9 May 2014

Liberia: ArcelorMittal Comments On Demonstration

ArcelorMittal Liberia has clarified a recent demonstration by some citizens in Nimba County.

It can be recalled on April 29, 2014 that some group of people identified as Concerned Nimbaians were sitting and standing on the railway being operated by ArcelorMittal Liberia.

The company immediately halted all train movement to and from Tokadeh for safety reasons. The company informed the Liberia National Police (LNP), who together with ArcelorMittal Liberia security intervened and brought the situation to a peaceful end.

Since the incident, ArcelorMittal has been engaged in peace talks with the group to listen to their concerns.

The company says it will continue to engage the concerned Nimbaians and all other civil groups within the affected communities in their area of operations.

ArcelorMittal Liberia has assured that it will remain committed to its corporate social responsibilities in Liberia and all areas in which they operate.

Giving an overview of its operation in Liberia, ArcelorMittal has contributed significantly to Liberia's job creation, economy, communities and education, and healthcare.

ArcelorMittal added that it will continue to work closely with the affected communities in a socially responsible manner for sustainable growth and development.

The Liberian government in September 2013, ratified the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA), after carefully reviewing the company's operation and progress.

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