19 April 2016

Liberia: Lawmaker - Some Concession Companies Will Continue to Rob Our People If...

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Concessions and Investment, Senator Sando D. Johnson, has disclosed that some concession companies operating in Liberia will continue to rob the nation and its people of their just benefits if the agreements of these companies are not adequately reviewed by the Government of Liberia (GOL).

Senator Johnson is representing the people of Bomi County in the Liberian Senate on the ticket of the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP).

According to Senator Johnson, it is now time for the government to revoke the agreements or contracts of companies that have not benefited the citizens in their areas of operations.

He stated that after five (5) years of poor performance from some of these companies, government must now renew these agreements to avoid citizens taking the laws into their own hands.

Senator Johnson was speaking recently in the Chamber of the Liberian Senate during regular session.

He, however, fell short of stating the names of the companies whose concession agreements or contracts with the Liberian government, according to him, have expired.

He warned that to avoid citizens going on the rampage to destroy the properties of concession companies whose agreements have expired and need to be revoked or renewed, government must now commence the process of re-visiting these agreements.

The Bomi County lawmaker further underscored the need for the relevant committees of the National Legislature to be empowered and mandated to review the agreements of concession companies operating in the country.

"We are aware that most of these people holding concessions in Liberia; it is about time that they be revoked. Unless we do that, these concessionaires will continue to rob our people. And if we don't, we will experience what happened at Golden Veroleum and Sime Darby. If we do not act now, the citizens will have no option, but to do some of the things they are doing. Our people will go on the rampage with rioting and as a result of that, there will be lot of damages. The National Legislature, especially the Liberian Senate has the statutory mandate or responsibility to review these contracts or concessions since most of them are expired now. We must do that," he insisted.

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