The Turkish mineral mining company, the MNG Gold Liberia Inc., over the weekend presented a collection of office materials to the Bong County Administration in Botota and Dean Town in Kokoyah Statutory District, respectively.
MNG Gold is owned and operated by a Turkish businessman, Mehmet Nazif Gural, who is engaged in mining activities around the world through which he seeks to create job opportunities in developing countries like Liberia.
MNG Gold took over from the American-Liberia Mining Company (AMLIB) in 2013 after the company pulled out from the gold rich deposit following more than ten years of exploration. This reporter has not established the exact cause of the exit of the AMLIB from Dean Town, the gold rich deposit area.
Two office desks, a printer and a computer were offered to the Kokoyah Statutory Superintendent Nixon Kpee, while the office of the County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy received three new computers, a printer along with an assortment of office supplies.
At the Botota presentation on behalf of MNG Gold, the Project Manager of the Kokoyah Mines Mr. Ozkan Umurhan said the donation was the company’s own way of identifying with the local office of the county.
Speaking on behalf of the District, Kokoyah Statutory Superintendent Nixon Kpee extolled MNG Gold for the donations given when his office lacked equipment.
Mr. Kpee disclosed that since the District was legislated and enacted into law by the 51st Legislature during the administration of former President Charles Taylor, this was the first time the district had ever received modern equipment.
“Throughout, we have operated on manual typewriter to do all of our documentations in this contemporary age” Mr. Kpee admitted.
He said with the provision of the computer, he is confident most of their documents will be saved.
Mr. Kpee confirmed that since MNG Gold took over from AMLIB in2013, the company has provided job opportunities for the local residents.
For her part, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy thanked the MNG Gold for the supplies and said the materials were provided at the time the local administration was out of office supplies particularly during this period of the country’s health crisis.
She recounted the numerous contributions MNG Gold has made to the county in health and infrastructure developments in recent times.
Superintendent Mappy named the rehabilitation of roads, bridges and the employment of scores of young people of Kokoyah Statutory including the provision of cash and materials to the County Ebola Taskforce by MNG Gold as some vital contributions of the company.
The Superintendent described MNG Gold as a true partner that has come in the county to transform the lives of the impoverished inhabitants through job creation as enshrined in the Mineral Development Agreement.
The event which took place in Dean Town (Gold Camp) in Kokoyah Statutory District over the weekend was attended by an array of local government officials including traditional chiefs.