Liberia: Open Letter To Nimba County Representative Samuel G. Kogar Regarding County Social Development Fund

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Dear Hon. Kogar

I bring you compliments and wish to, through this open letter, thank you immensely, on behalf of the Zao Development Association of Nimba County and in my own name as a citizen of Nimba County, for your tireless advocacy to get some understanding of the status of the county’s social development fund from ArcelorMittal through a mineral development agreement.

I feel relieved that, at long last, we are hearing about the release of some monies by the company to Nimba and the other two affected counties —– Grand Bassa and Bong.

Whatever was responsible for the long delay, I really wish we didn’t have to get so strangulated as a county before the monies could be  made available to us. This is supposed to be a just benefit for extracting minerals from a county that has given so much to the building and development of Liberia over the years.

During my current travels in parts of Nimba as part of my ongoing humanitarian intervention, citizens have asked me to join people like you in seeking some real understanding of what is actually happening to their county development funds. They honestly want to know.

I therefore wish to urge you, Hon. Kongar, and the rest of the legislators on the Nimba Legislative Caucus to be on top of your game and ensure that Nimba County is henceforth treated fairly and with the respect due it as far as the handling of the ArcelorMittal Social Development Fund is concerned. This includes ensuring that the channel of releasing the funds to Nimba County in accordance with the Mineral Development Agreement is respected and followed and not unnecessarily politicized.

You can rest assured we are watching.

Best regards

Sincerely yours

Jonathan Paye-Layleh

Citizen of Nimba County

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President

Zao Development Association

Zao Township, Meinpea-Mah District

Electoral District Number 8

Nimba County

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