28 July 2014

Liberia: Gongloe Opposes Oil Blocks Sale

A human rights lawyer and former Labor Minister of Liberia, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe has opposed the sale of the remaining four oil blocks in Liberia.

Commenting on reports that the Legislature is considering the sale of blocks 6, 7, 16, and 17 which led to a protest in Monrovia recently, he mentioned that he is not surprise at such news, because the government wants to deplete all of the resources in the country.

The former Labor Minister stressed that the current government under the leadership of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the worst government ever to have existed in the country.

The former Solicitor-General of Liberia noted that the conditions and wellbeing of Liberians have not changed and they have not benefitted from the previous blocks that were sold.

Cllr. Gongloe indicated that all of the natural resources cannot be depleted and government is weak in terms of making laws that will protect the natural resources and make Liberians benefit from the oil block sales.

The human rights lawyer pointed out the protest led by some aggrieved Liberians was in the best interest of the country, because it deters and arouses the conscience of Liberians to resist the remaining oil blocks.

The former Labor Minister of Liberia mentioned that Liberians from all walks of life must rise up to challenge the decision of the Legislature to sell the four oil blocks that are left. He noted that the government is engulfed with greed and it is so determined and anxious to finish all of the natural resources in Liberia.

"No country has ever gone to the extent to take away the natural resources of its people," Cllr. Gonloe noted.

The human rights lawyer indicated that it is not strange for the government of Liberia to sell all of the oil blocks in the country because, according to him, there have been no laws preserve and curtail the wasteful sale of oil blocks in the country.

Days after protesters stormed the Capitol Building against alleged plans by government to sell new oil blocks in Liberia, officials of the National Oil Company (NOCAL) held a closed-door meeting with Lawmakers of the Lower House (House of Representatives) to discuss issues surrounding the country oil sector.

The over three-hour meeting, according to an inside source, was to discuss issues relating to the relinquishing of two of the four oil blocks operated by Anadarko and how to begin negotiation on the oil blocks.

But speaker Alex Tyler in a brief interview with reporters said he did not have knowledge about such information.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is an independent exploration and the Company operated four blocks in offshore Liberia.

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