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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_img Upgraded station in Freeport, Montego Bay, constructed at a cost of just under $5 million Story Highlights Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Glendon Harris, called for good maintenance of the facility Fire fighters in St. James now have an upgraded station in Freeport, Montego Bay, constructed at a cost of just under $5 million.Speaking at a dedication ceremony on August 28, Deputy Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Andrew Russell, said members of the service gave their time and skills during the construction of the station, and ensured value for money.“Skilled firefighters from St. Elizabeth and St. James contributed valuable time and effort and installed the roof canopy, ceiling bed, kitchen cupboard and all other concrete and painting works,” he said.“As a cost saving initiative, firefighters with the requisite competencies were identified by the Project Manager and their skills utilized on the project. With their intervention and endowment from stakeholders, the project cost $4.7 million, about $1 million less than what was budgeted,” the Deputy Superintendent told the audience.Funding and material support for the facility came from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Premix Jamaica, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, and Quality Dealers.The work included construction of over 1,000 square feet of living space, bathroom facilities, and other sections.Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Glendon Harris, called for good maintenance of the facility and for all to have pride in the upkeep of the City of Montego Bay.“All of our officers will have to play their part in the maintenance of this facility. It is the duty of all of us to ensure that everything in this facility is at its best. Let us all take pride in the city, let us all take pride in this parish,” he said.For her part, Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Mrs. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said all should be done to make firefighters comfortable, because they endanger themselves to save lives and property.“It is very important that we take care of our firemen and fire women. We are in the city of Montego Bay, and we have to protect its residents, and we have to protect the tourism industry. We also have here in Freeport, a very important industry, the information and communication technology industry. We have the important business of protecting the residents and our industries from destructive fires,” she said. The work included construction of over 1,000 square feet of living space, bathroom facilities, and other sectionslast_img read more

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