Electoral District Number One Representative in Bong County Tokpa J. Mulbah has named several development projects in the district directly stemming from concession companies operating in the district.
Rep. Mulbah said the Nyquoi Bee High School renovation and annex project, the Millen-ta Bridge, the Botata Administration Building and the high school projects, among others, are all being done by concession companies in Bong.
He was recently speaking in Palala, Kpaii District, during a town hall meeting organized by NAYMOTE-Partners for Democratic Development.
Speaking on the topic: “Processes involving drafting and signing of concession agreements and what benefits the citizens stand to get,” Rep. Mulbah said to ensure best practices in concession agreements, members of the National Legislature and relevant agencies of government should solicit views and inputs of ordinary Liberians before signing them into law.
The Bong County lawmaker explained that this can only be done through town hall meetings with citizens in their various towns and villages.
NAYMOTE’s Regional Coordinator Moses Bailey, speaking earlier, noted that the town hall discussion is part of the organization’s “Fostering Concession Communities’ Development Through Local Engagement Project,” sponsored by Trust Africa.
The project seeks to educate residents of concession communities on concessions and help them learn effective ways of constructively engaging their leaders and concessionaires to get the needed benefits from the extraction of their resources.
The NAYMOTE Regional Coordinator also presented copies of the Arcelor Mittal Liberia and China Union concession agreements to citizens of Kpaii District through District Commissioner Allen Tubah.
Commissioner Tubah lauded NAYMOTE for the initiative and termed it as “an eye opener.” The Kpaii District Commissioner said the forum provided information relating to the extraction of their natural resources.
A youth leader of Kpaii District, Tarwoe Walonfah, lauded NAYMOTE for the gathering and said the exercise has helped them to truly understand some of the critical issues happening in the concession area.
“I encourage NAYMOTE to take this discussion to other parts of the district,” Walonfah recommended.
Madam Victoria Gbarnja, the women’s leader of Palala, in her remarks, noted that citizens of Kpaii appreciated the gathering and encouraged her fellow citizens to take advantage of such forums to ask their leaders relevant questions about their communities.
In the past few months, NAYMOTE-Partners for Democratic Development has been instrumental in helping citizens of concession communities in Bong County understand concessions and their benefits.
NAYMOTE is doing this through town hall discussions, inter high school debates, radio talk shows, among others.