Illegal Miners Life’s at Risk in Bong
Ghanaian illicit miners operating in Gou and surrounding towns in Meinquelleh clan in Sanoyea District, Bong County risk serious security arrest mandate by acting Superintendent, Anthony Boakai Sheriff and Representative Robert Flomo Wombeh.
Illegal mining is mining activity that is undertaken without state permission, in particular in absence of land rights, mining licenses, and exploration or mineral transportation permits.
Illegal mining can be a subsistence activity, as is the case with artisanal mining, or it can belong to large-scale organized crime, spearheaded by illegal mining syndicates.
The decision was reached recently at a meeting initiated by the Bong County acting Superintendent along with Representative Wombeh and the citizens of the affected mining towns in the County.
The constant illegal mining of the country’s mineral activities in every part of the country, allegedly being involved by foreign nationals, have claimed the attention of Representative Robert Flomo Wombah of Bong County Electoral District #4.
At the meeting, it was disclosed that the Ghanaian miners are illegally mining gold on the banks of the St. Paul River in the region.
Enforcing the arrest and subsequent of the operation, Representative Wombah said it will be important that all mining activities in the area stop and invite the party involved to provide all documents mandating them to keep mining in the area.
At present, the Ghanaian including some Liberian miners have spread equipment in the entire river ranging from Gou, Gbansue-Suloma, Jalaywah and other areas without approval from the Ministry of Lands Mines and Energy and the Liberia Revenue Authority amongst other entities charged with mining activities in the country.
The Representative pointed out that under his watch as Lawmaker of Zota, Panta and Meinquelleh, he would ensure that the needed benefits for the citizens are addressed by the mining company.
He told The Monrovia Times that the citizens continue to cry for the improvement of the Kpatawee-Gou and Gbansue-Suloma roads a plight he said will be put forth to the company after they are legally recognized by the Liberian government to continue their mining activities in the area.