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first_imgNimba County District #6 Representative Dorwohn Gleekia: “I’m disappointed because our colleagues did not carefully scrutinize the process.” – Nimba Lawmaker expresses disappointmentThe House of Representatives, at 1:03 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, concurred with the Senate to ratify the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) between the Government of Liberia (GoL) and the Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Incorporated.This latest development, according to Nimba County District #6 Representative Dorwohn Gleekia, “the process of the concurrence was a disappointment.”Gleekia chairs the House Committee on Peace, Religion and National Reconciliation. He informed the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that the “The Act to Ratify the MDA between the GoL and the Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Inc. needed due diligence by scrutinizing the details.According to the Senate’s letter to the House of Representatives, dated March 1, 2019, individual Senators approved the Hummingbird Resource Deal on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:23 p.m., thus seeking the House’s timely concurrence. The Hummingbird Deal is the Senate’s Engrossed Bill #3.“I am disappointed over the process of the concurrence with the Senate on the agreement. I observed that there was not much time; no due diligence, and some of us do not know the cause of President Weah’s veto against the Hummingbird Agreement,” Rep. Gleekia said.“Last year, both Houses approved the agreement and sent it to the President for passage, but was vetoed and then, few months later, he sent the it back for passage. And then we did approve it without due diligence of dissecting the document,” he said.Rep. Gleekia’s disappointment is in agreement with Margibi Senator Oscar Cooper, Nimba Senator Prince Y. Johnson, and Senators Sando D. Johnson and J. Gbleh-bo Brown of Bomi and Maryland, respectively. They all walked out of session, and refused to vote on the bill on February 28, arguing that the bill was not also given due diligence.The Hummingbird Mineral Development agreement was previously ratified by the House of Representatives and Senate in June 2018, while President Weah vetoed it from the Senate to ratify the agreement in July 2018 on grounds that it equired an adjustment in two parts to bring a protracted benefit with mutual balance for each of the comparing parties.According to the agreement, it will yield US$250 million in direct investment to the country. It will also see development of the largest gold mine in the southeast of the country as the first major direct investment secured by the Weah’s administration.History of Hummingbird Gold PitchIn July 2015, a US$100 million gold mining agreement with Hummingbird Resources (HUM) for mining operations in Sinoe County was signed between GoL and the Company, but with the modification of the Bill and the addition of Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee counties, there is yet to be known whether the worth of the signature of the Agreement, signed and granted as well as the mining license will remain the same.In the previous agreement, as of July 2015 and 2016, respectively, when it was submitted to the Senate, the company was to pay the government US$1.5 million signature fee once the agreement was ratified by the Legislature, and another US$1.5 million on the granting of the mining license.Hummingbird on annual basis commencing on the first anniversary of the effective date of the agreement will contribute an amount to the Social Development Fund (SDF) for the affected communities, which means those areas in which the company will do its mining, should enjoy some financial benefits. The SDF during years one and two, will amount to US$100,000; years three and four, US$150,000; years five to 10, US$200,000; and years 11 onward, US$250,000 throughout the 25-year period.The company will also pay all other taxes and duties. In keeping with GoL’s economic recovery plan, Hummingbird will give first priority to qualified Liberians for employment, help improve workers and community education and health and give preference to Liberian suppliers in terms of procurement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgMore than 1,000 Letterkenny people have signed a petition supporting the establishment of sub-post offices in the Gortlee and Glencar areas of the town.The petition is being organised by Cllr Jimmy Harte, Labour Party General Election candidate, and has been running for the past month.Signatures have been collected at doorsteps in Gortlee and Glencar, while several premises in those areas have also been running the petitions.The petition is part of an ongoing campaign by Cllr Harte to improve the level of service An Post provides to people living in Letterkenny and the surrounding areas.He says it is completely unacceptable that people are being forced to queue for long periods outside the Main Street facility and has mooted the idea of establishing sub-post offices in outlying areas which he said could enhance the Main Street service.Another option is to boost existing services in the Main Street.He added that the level of support for sub-post offices is indicative of demand for increased services among local people, and said it is now incumbent on An Post to make a decision on the issue.He now intends to present the petition to An Post next week and he said he hopes it will force them into action.“Our feedback is that people are frustrated and the staff are frustrated with the ongoing situation. The post office is an integral part of the town centre but unless An Post make a decision the the ongoing situation in the Main Street premises, with queues most days of the week, unacceptable.“But what our team is hearing at the doors, and my own feeling on it for years, is that An Post have been dragging this issue out and the people who are suffering are staff on the Main Street, and the public.“An Post have been given the job of providing services for the public and they are failing miserably in this. Both staff and the public are caught in a situation of An Post’s lack of decision-making and scant regard for both staff and public.“Maybe this petition will get them to make a decision on increased services on the Main Street – either by increasing staff to provide more service, or by including automation for other services – or by providing sub post offices in the outlying areas.“The public are concerned with the current situation and it has been dragging on for years. It is not edifying to see pensioners and mothers with pushchairs standing in the rain just to collect a payment or send a package. By present An Post with these 1,000 signatures I hope they will be motivated to act and we can put an end to the situation as soon as possible.,” he added.EndsMORE THAN 1,000 SIGN PETITION FOR NEW LETTERKENNY POST OFFICE was last modified: February 3rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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