Illicit Mining Costs Liberia Millions, Rise in Pornography

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Flashback: Illicit artisanal mining ongoing in many parts of rural Liberia

–Mines and Energy Minister Reveals; Says budgetary increment to generate more revenue; tackle illicit mining and pornography

The uncounted influx of illicit miners across the country, especially from Ghana, Mali and the Ivory Coast, is not only causing the government to lose millions of United States dollars and contributing to extreme economic hardship, but has resulted to the making of pornographic movies involving hundreds of Liberian women and girls.

Mines and Energy Minister Gesler E. Murray, informed the full plenary of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, that the “unprecedented inflow of mining dissidents and proliferation of illegal alluvial and small scale mining activities in the country are very alarming. Besides,” he said, “the ministry has discovered ongoing pornographic activities in the illegal mining operational areas or communities.”

In response to queries from the House plenary during the 31st day sitting regarding illicit mining activities taking place in rivers and forests, as well as various categories of license issued to miners, Min. Murray said that among the three classes of licenses, only Class ‘C’ and part of Class ‘B’ of the alluvial and small scale mining licenses have been misused and abused by the illicit foreign miners. However, Class ‘A,’ he said, is “going very well.”

In his statement, Murray said Class ‘A’ and part of Class ‘B’ are intended to help over 70,000 local miners on small scale, “but the influx of the illicit miners, and the recording of pornographic movies are ruining the economic and social fabrics of the country.”

Mines and Energy Minister Gesler E. Murray: “The aliens are not only illegally mining, but producing pornographic of our women and girls.”

He pointed out that the illicit mining activities are hugely encouraged and supported by the local authorities for some compensation. However, there are many unofficial (porous) entry points to the country, which contribute to the influx of aliens.”

Min. Murray said that as part of a program to tackle the unwanted influx of illicit miners, a joint mining taskforce was established, including personnel from the Ministry of Justice.

According to him, during the joint exercise, members of the taskforce arrested at least six Chinese and 10 Ghanaians and turned them over to the appropriate authority.

Meanwhile, Min. Murray has informed lawmakers that the lack of financial support to the ministry is hampering the effective management, and prevention of illicit mining activities in Liberia.

Min. Murray noted that the US$1.9 million budgetary allotment to the Ministry is “extremely low to fight mining dissidents, especially involving nationwide inspection, and purchasing of equipment, including body bag scanners.

“We need an increased considerable budgetary support, but with the US$1.9 million, we were able to raise about US$9 million to support the 2018/2019 budget. So it means, if we received US$4 million, we will raise US$18 million; and if we get US$6 million, we will generate US$27 million,” Min. Murray said.

However, the House of Representatives voted for the minister to report all relevant documents involving the illicit mining activities, and the making of pornographic movies to the Joint Committee on Lands, Mines and Energy, and National Security for the an onward report to the full plenary in two weeks, commencing from Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

The ministry was established by an Act of legislature to administer all activities related to mineral, water and energy resource exploration, coordination and development.

6 COMMENTS

  1. “Yes indeed, what a mind-torturing shame and a heart-breaking disgrace to my native land”, I must start my comments. Why these things are happening to my country and people, I most of the time ask myself? What can be done to save, at least, a bit of the immense wealth of this my mother land for some generations to come; and from the hands of foreign parasites, aided by a bunch of unpatriotic and foresightless citizens? How far shall this go on; and particularly, when shall all this end, I constantly wonder? Can it be because of weak, incompetent and sluggish administrations of this nation that these things continue to take place or what? So really this my birth place is compared to ‘an elephant meat’, which body is eaten by anything and or everybody? How long more shall I lament for an ancestral land that I so love dearly? All I can do and loudly say, at least, for the time being is, wake up Liberians, stand up Liberians and mainly act up Liberians, or else, it will be too late for time indefinite!//Gonyanue Blah

  2. Removing the incompetent government of George Weah is the best answer. Replace Mr. Weah with an educated, patriotic and far-sighted leader who has a development plan, and his country at heart and will not tolerate this nonsense. Remember, Weah has Ghanaian linkages, that is why the Ghanaians are taking Liberia for a free ride. What they are doing in Liberia, Liberians dare not do same in Ghana. The Ghanaians have on several occasions deported Liberians from their country during the administrations of both Tubman and Tolbert. We need to get Weah out. He is a very stupid and uneducated man. Remember the advice of the great philosopher, Plato? “Only Philosophers must be kings” They possess both a love of knowledge, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a willingness to live a simple life. Regrettably, George Weah is not a philosopher and has no love of knowledge, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a willingness to live a simple life. He, in just over a year, has built 45 mansions with the people’s money. If we continue with him our country will definitely go down the dustbin of history.

  3. The story causes me to recall, when during the height of the civil war, rumors broke out in the international media concerning Liberian women being involved in the sexual act of bestiality (sexual acts involving animals) in Denmark.

    Another story that made its way into the international news headlines about Liberia was that a bio-research company based in France, was buying the ovaries of Liberian women in the West Point areas and New Kru Town areas.

    In a society where the leader subjects the citizens to systemic impoverishment and immiseration, people’s values will likely be transmuted. As the saying goes, if an individual cannot stand up for anything, he will fall for anything. And it will include pornography and idolatry.

    Speaking of idolatry: A statute idolizing President Weah as a god (baal) was erected in the Gibraltar community of Monrovia. And to the amazement of many in the Christian circles, President Weah, who himself is now a minister of the Gospel did not denounce this act. Why?

    Well, obviously, he could not denounce it as he was the mastermind behind it. He who sees evil and protests it not, is much as involved as the wrongdoers.

    The Bible unequivocally speaks against idolatry. Doesn’t it? This is what Exodus 20:3-5 (KJV) says:

    3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
    4 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”
    5 “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me…”

    If we do not wakeup from this spiritual desolation as a nation, we will continually and collectively face the wrath of God because of our shortsightedness and wanton indulgence in hedonism.

  4. liberia is a dead nation without any direction and you have an ineffective weak anal president who cant even work a microphone to attack the ills of society. a playboy president. weak weak weak

  5. Why write nonesense that does not make an common sense to the people of Liberia. Do you really have to wrote on the current state of affairs in Liberia? All you guys write is rubbish. Gorge Weah is the ligitimate head of Liberian government. Tood bad if you dont have common sense to reason

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