Nimba Senator Clarifies Road Project Dilemma

first_imgAs doubts brew over the fate of a stretch of road from Ganta to Yekepa, Nimba County Senator Thomas S. Grupee has clarified that there is still hope for its pavement.Senator Grupee, in an interview with the Daily Observer on December 17 in Sanniquellie during the second graduation convocation of the Nimba County Community College (NCCC), said he is disappointed about the delay of the pavement of the road.However, he told the Daily Observer that things have been worked out and there’s hope that the project will recommence very soon.According to the Senator, ArcelorMittal Liberia (AML) had a “gentleman’s agreement” with the Government and people of Liberia that does not form part of the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA).He said delays in construction of the road came when AML said it could no longer invest the US$43 million promised for the road’s pavement because of the drop in the price of iron ore.Senator Grupee said the cost of abandoning the road as a result of AML’s decision would be more than continuing the project, “and therefore, we have to take money from our Highway Fund to continue the project. The work was interrupted during the rainy season, but now the project is on course.”He disclosed that the Liberian government has invested US$13 million in the road project to continue until the economic condition affecting ArcelorMittal Liberia can improve to enable the company to resume its promise.The government’s investment, he said, has reawakened the construction company, Campagine Sahelienne D’Enterprises (CSE), to continue the project.He meanwhile noted that the price of iron ore that once went down to US$30 per ton has climbed up to US$80, which he said is a “good sign” that by next year the steel giant will be able to make good on its promise.As to whether the government would demand for reimbursement from AML, he answered in the negative and said the government has already made the commitment to continue the project whether AML comes in or not.He stressed that the company’s initial commitment cannot be used against it but noted that the Liberian government anticipates a gesture in good faith from the company for the pavement of the road.The MDA between the Liberian government and ArcelorMittal Liberia indicates that the steel company will provide a financial report on the quantity of iron ore produced and sold every calendar quarter, and a report on all operations and activities at the end of each financial year.It will also construct, maintain and operate health facilities in the concession area with modern equipment and with internationally accepted procedures. According to the agreement, AML is also to provide US$75 million over the 25 years of the agreement to support socioeconomic development in the country.It is also to provide an annual social contribution of US$3 million to be managed and disbursed for the benefit of communities in the counties of Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa by a committee formed by the company and the government.Within this amount, US$1.5 million is allotted to Nimba County every year for its social development.The construction of the highway came as a gesture from ArcelorMittal Liberia to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, which is not part of any legal agreement binding on the company.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Neighbour confesses to killing Patentia man

first_imgThe decomposed body which was discovered with a black plastic bag wrapped around the head in a drain at Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD) has been identified as that of 57-year-old Abdool Ghannie, called “Dennis” or “Fulla” of the same community.The body, which was discovered on Monday by passers-by, was identified by the man’s cousin on Wednesday.The body of Abdool Ghannie in the drain at First Street, Patentia, WBDThe man’s neighbour has since reportedly confessed to the crime, according to Police.Reports are that the neighbour, when questioned by detectives on Tuesday night, admitted under caution that Ghannie visited his home on Saturday, October 19.However, the duo had a misunderstanding, which resulted in the neighbour punching the man to his face, causing several injuries.According to Police, on Sunday night, the neighbour reportedly tied a plastic bag over the man’s head and dumped the body in a drain.When contacted by this newspaper, Region Three (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) Police Commander, Senior Superintendent Linden Lord explained that after being punched by the neighbour, the man became motionless. The neighbour, he added, thought that the man was asleep.On Sunday morning, the neighbour noticed the man was in the same position and thought he was still sleeping. As such, the neighbour went to work.However, upon his return home, Ghannie was still in the same motionless position. This is when the neighbour realised something was amiss.He lifted the man’s head up and saw blood. It was then that the neighbour put the man’s head in a plastic bag to prevent the blood from dripping as he dumped the body in a nearby drain.A post-mortem examination conducted on the body gave the cause of death as brain haemorrhage, blunt trauma to the head compounded by aspiration of blood.The neighbour is in Police custody and is expected to be charged for the crime.last_img read more

Brazil’s Casemiro rules out Copa America final goal-fest

first_imgA demoralized Peru then conceded two more in the second half although it could have been worse as Gallese saved Gabriel Jesus’s injury-time penalty.“It’s a final, we don’t expect a goal-fest,” said Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.“Hopefully it will be, but we know it won’t, it will be tough, they’re preparing for the big final.“They want to win the competition however they can — on penalties, in extra-time — and we also want to win, playing well, scoring goals and becoming champions.”It won’t just be a different scenario at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium but also a reinvigorated Peru that Brail are up against, according to center-back Marquinhos.“We played Peru in one situation before and now in a completely different situation,” said the Paris Saint-Germain player.“We must understand that there’s a lot of work to do. The final is a unique match.”Peru have come full circle since their Brazil debacle, knocking out Uruguay on penalties after VAR saved them on three occasions when their goal had been breached.But in the semi-final against champions Chile, Peru dominated in a commanding 3-0 victory, and looked a completely different side to the one that self-destructed against Brazil.In fact, until Casemiro gave Brazil a 12th-minute lead, Marquinhos felt Peru had caused them problems.“It was a difficult start to the match, they pressed us well,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil defensive midfielder Casemiro expects Sunday’s Copa America final against Peru to be a much tighter affair than their earlier group stage encounter, a 5-0 thrashing © AFP / DOUGLAS MAGNORIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jul 5 – Brazil midfielder Casemiro warned fans on Friday that there would be no repeat of the 5-0 group-stage thrashing of Peru when the two sides meet in Sunday’s Copa America final.Casemiro opened the scoring in their Group A encounter when hosts Brazil ran away with the match as Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had a day to forget, entirely at fault for Brazil’s second goal scored by Roberto Firmino and guilty of hesitancy for the opener and poor positioning for the third goal by Everton.last_img read more