NBC Establishes Multi- Stakeholders Platform In Mineral rich Kokoyah District
The National Bureau of Concession NBC in collaboration with partners Saturday, September 7, 2019, established another branch of the Multi- Stakeholders Platform MSP in mineral-rich Kokoyah District in Bong County.
The Multi- Stakeholders Platform according to its Regional Coordinator Emmanuel F. Karneh Sr. intends to cement the cordial relationship between MNG Gold mining company Liberia and residents of the affected communities in the District.
He told The Monrovia Times that the project also seeks to enhance peace, security, and support to communities livelihood undertakings in that part of the County.
The Multi- Stakeholders Platform which is been sponsored by the United Nations Development UNDP Program-Peace Building Fund gears towards promoting peace, food and human security in and around communities affected by MNG Gold Liberia operations in Bong County.
Mr. Emmanuel F. Karneh Sr. explains that the MSP is a politically and religiously unaffiliated legal body consisting of 20 (twenty) person membership committee with the leadership of 7 (seven) persons.
Currently, the MSP is operating in one of Liberia’s fifteen Counties.
Following the three days consultative gathering in David Dean’s town Kokoyah District, a resolution of the Leseah Advocacy Network (LAN) was reached and singed.
According to the resolution, the LAN will be the intervening party to negotiate with conflicting parties, thereby considering a win-win situation for the most part and recognizing the top-ranking priority issues needed for harmony and peaceful co-existence among citizens and the company.
Following the gathering, the Leseah Advocacy Network is expected to engage friendly partners, both National and International in other to promote sustainable development for all affected communities in Kokoyah District.
The resolution states that the Leseah Advocacy Network will be recognized by the management of MNG Gold Liberia as an established legal body to advocate, negotiate and dialogue.
During the gathering, Madam Rose Somah including 6 persons were appointed by their colleagues to stair the affairs of the newly established MSP.
Those appointed include, Rose Somah chairperson, Matthew Whymah vice-chairman, Andrew J. Kermue General Secretary, Nymah Clark financial secretary, Victoria Sumo treasurer, Elizabeth Beadeh chaplain and James Tarr advisor.
For their part, some residents of MNG Gold affected communities lauded National Bureau of Concession and partners for the establishment of the MSP.
According to Rose Somah and James Tarr the MSP will discourage the constant unlawful dismissal of the company’s employees and will strengthen the relationship among citizens and MNG Gold.
Also speaking, the community liaison on officer of MNG Gold Keith Gboe termed the establishment of the MSP as a good beginning by the NBC.
He believes the Multi- Stakeholders Platform will help discourage violent between the citizens and the company.
Mr. Gboe at the occasion cautioned the 20 members of the MSP headed by Madam Rose Somah to serve with passion.
The consultative gathering was facilitated by Madam Cecelia Danuweli, a representative of the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in Monrovia.
The ceremony brought together Kokoyah District local leadership headed by Commissioner Dennis Chapay, cross-session of citizens including elders, Civil Society actors, amongst others.