“We are still committed and dedicated to development, growth and progress of Liberia’s socio-economic conditions irrespective of the many challenges and constraints facing the nation and its people,” CEO Antonio Maria assured Liberians.
This assertion was contained in comments made by Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia’s CEO Antonio Carlos Maria during a news conference held Sept. 9, at the company’s operations site in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.
He explained that those areas of socio-economic growth include; the corporation’s social corporate responsibility such as the construction and rehabilitation of roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure.
CEO Maria also reminded the Liberian Government and Liberians that Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia remains committed to its initial policy statement that the corporation will continue to maintain theme ‘Transforming Tomorrow’ into productive and economic driven endeavors for all Liberians.
“Our business as corporate entity is intended to ensure the overall empowerment of Liberians in the areas of employment, training and sustained development and growth,” CEO Maria stressed.
Shedding light on current and future employment, the Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia’s CEO intimated that to date 1, 500 qualified Liberians and other personnel are in the employ of the corporation both in Yekepa, Nimba County and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
He also indicated that in the second phase of Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia’s operations, a projection of 2,500 qualified Liberians and other personnel would be employed in the country.
Commenting on specific area of training, CEO Maria disclosed that, it is one of the main reasons the Vocational Training Center was established, gearing towards training Liberians for more employment opportunities in the mining operations of the company.
On what was invested in the phase one operations of Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia, CEO Maria intimated that a little over one billion United States dollars was invested and expended in Liberia.
Asked about the second of the Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia’s project, the Chief Executive Officer disclosed that US$ 1.5 billion has been invested for the overall operations in the country.
On the issue of housing benefits for employees and other support staff, CEO Maria disclosed that the provision of housing units is another empowerment project intended to ensure that employees work in an enabling environment that would ensure their productivity.
The Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia’s head also disclosed that the housing initiative is an ongoing endeavor that is embedded in the second phase of the mining operations in the country.
Throwing light on environmental and sanitation issues, CEO Maria further disclosed that every effort is being exerted by Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia to ensure that its areas of operations are free of sanitation, health and environmental hazards.
“Regulations, laws and rules that are associated with sanitation and environment are strictly observed and adhered to in all the operations areas of Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia,” CEO Maria assured Liberians.
Commenting on safety standards for employees and other essential staff, the Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia boss said the company’s safety practices and guidelines are some of the best frameworks in the country.
“We will never attempt to compromise on safety standards, rules and regulations in our areas of operation in Liberia,” CEO Maria emphasized.