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NMJD demands review of African Minerals lease agreement

The Network Movement for Justice and Development yesterday in a press briefing called on the Government to review the African Minerals Mining Lease Agreement based on the promise that was made to them by the government.
It is believed that the rich natural wealth Sierra Leone is endowed with is given by God for the benefit of every Sierra Leonean therefore these natural endowments should not be used as a weapon to perpetually impoverish the vast majority of the citizens of this country and the daily abuse of their human rights and dignity.
However the release stated that whereas the government of Sierra Leone has entered into Mining Agreements with different Mining Companies over the past few years, these agreements were done in a way that they cannot foster economic development, peace and security in the country, if these Mining Companies especially African Minerals and London Mining continue to do business in this country they will rip off the natural resources of this country to strengthen the economies of their own country.
The Executive Director of NMJD Mr. Abu A Brima was very emphatic in reading the press release to journalists hammering some very important points which needs more emphasis.
The release further stated that they have done some exercise to determine the extent to which Sierra Leone is losing revenue and also the impact on the overall development of the country and its development, “sadly at the end of the day the findings portend economic disaster for the country if the agreement remain in their present form.”
He further read in the release that they are particularly disappointed at the conspicuous non-mentioning of African Minerals Limited on the list of Mining Companies whose Lease Agreements needs urgent review. He also said that if anything the review of the lease agreement of African Minerals demand more urgent attention. He also noted that all the minerals we have in Sierra Leone, the iron ore deposit in Tonkolili which African Mineral is exploiting is believed to be the highest in the history of the country.
On this note they are therefore reminding the government of its promise to review the Mining Lease Agreement for the betterment of the people of this country. The conference ended with questions and answers.
By Nancy Koroma

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