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Did PYJ Lie? …As NBC Seeks Clarity From ArcelorMittal On US$1.5m Payment

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By: Varney Dukuly

YEKEPA, NIMBA COUNTY: The Government of Liberia (GOL), through the National Bureau of Concession (NBC), has requested the Management of Arcelor Mittal-Liberia to publicly provide clarity on the US$1.5 Million paid to the people of Nimba every year for the past six years.

The NBC’s request comes in the wake of allegations made by Nimba County’s incumbent Senator, Prince Y. Johnson, alias “PYJ” which, among other things, point to the company’s alleged failure to carry out its corporate social responsibility to the people of Nimba County.

“To ensure that this clarity reaches all nooks and corners of Liberia, we would appreciate it being in all local vernaculars of Nimba County and via all major radio talk-shows in Nimba County, and other parts of Liberia,” writes, Atty Edwin Dennis, Director General of the National Bureau of Concession (NBC).

Nimba County Senator PYJ, according to NBC Communication, has been spreading information that Arcelor Mittal has given one million United States Dollars (US$1,000,000), of Nimba County Social Development Fund to the President of Liberia, which in effect means the President is owing the people of the County.

Another speculation that the NBC said needs clarity is the claim that ‘for the past six years, Nimba County has not been paid its annual US$1.5 Million which has allegedly accrued US$9 million.

However, the National Bureau of Concession (NBC), has described Senator Johnson’s assertion as “outlandish and baseless lies” spewed for propaganda purposes.

NBC: “It is also embarrassing to note that Arcelor Mittal’s corporate reputation is being stained and tainted as an institution that is engaging in corporate corruption.”
Despite the Government of Liberia through the NBC issuing definitive denials and clarifications, the statement said, Senator Johnson continuous to disseminate such misinformation.

“As we strive to improve the living standards of Liberians, the truth matters,” the NBC communication said.

“In view of the foregoing, the Government of Liberia (GOL), through the NBC, is now constrained to request that you publicly provide clarity on the 1.5 million United States Dollars that is paid to the people of Nimba every year for the past six years.”

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