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To Enforce Compliance: Gov’t To Review Concession Contracts

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By E. Geedahgar Garsuah

MONROVIA: Aimed at ensuring compliance to terms and conditions stipulated in various concession agreements, the Government of Liberia (GoL), through the Ministry of Labor, has announced that it will begin revision of all Mineral Development Agreements (MDA) in the country.

Labor Minister, Cllr. Charles Gibson, made the disclosure on Monday. May 1, 2023, at a program marking the celebration of International Labor Day, held at the famous Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

According to Minister Gibson, the move is also geared towards ensuring that qualified Liberians are afforded the opportunity to occupy top leadership positions within concession companies in the country.
Minister Gibson observed that despite being qualified and competent as compared to their foreign counterparts, Liberians are not given leadership positions at some of these companies.
“We have concessions here that you wouldn’t even see a Liberian on the hierarchy. So what we are doing here at the Ministry of Labor is, we are reviewing all the concession agreements and we have seen that there are timetable for Liberians to take over certain positions,” he stated.
The labor minister added that agreements that concession companies signed with the government provide specific timeframes for Liberians to ascend to managerial posts in their various companies.
Minister Gibson did not point out a particular concession company that has been caught in the non-compliance web but said concessionaires involved in such practices are being warned to obey the terms and conditions of agreements.
He disclosed that works earmarked for Liberians as stipulated in concession agreements will be awarded to qualified and competent Liberians in July of 2024.
According to the Labor Minister, majority of these top-level positions at these Concession Companies come with a well-paid wages, which can propel Liberians to development themselves while sustaining a middle-class.
Minister Gibson pointed out that foreigners are the ones who are still occupying positions earmarked for Liberians and are being paid between US$5,000 to US$10,000 monthly, while qualified and competent Liberians are being denied the opportunity to be elevated to top positions.
Minister Gibson used the celebration of the International Labor Day to extol present and current members of the National Legislature for their discretion to include Liberians for leadership positions during the passage of those concession agreements.
“We got all of those concession agreements from the National Investment Commission (NIC) and we will enforce it because if a Liberian is making US$10,000 a month, you know how many things he can do for his family? The middle class will be developed. Some people are just making US$500 and they are supporting about 20 persons.”

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