One of Nimba County Electoral District #6 representative aspirants, Preston N.G. Karkezar says he is dissatisfied over the operations of Arcelor Mittal in the county, because of the company’s failure to adequately empower the youth, through employment and the management’s failure to pave the Ganta– Yekepa road.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with reporters in Nimba on Saturday July 8, Karkezar said the company has not given the young people the privilege to benefit from employment or providing skills for self-sustainability.
He said the failure to bring about comprehensive infrastructural development, especially the Ganta – Yekepa highway, was not fair to the citizens and it does not represent the company.
Even though he did not explain the action he will take if he is elected, he added that indirectly, the youth get some benefit through the County Social Development Fund.
In 2013, Arcelor Mittal rehabilitated the vocational training center in Yekepa, but it is yet to open to the public.
The opening of Mount Gangra in the absence of Ganta – Yekepa road construction is one of the key issues now being discussed in public places and it may likely brew tension in the future.
During the induction of Supt. Dorr Cooper in Sanniquellie this year, Sen Thomas Grupee expressed dissatisfaction over the failure to construct the stretch of road , saying, “we cannot deplete our mountain when the price of ore is down in the world market.”
Attorney Karkezar, who served as a student leader at the state run University of Liberia, said, he decided to come into politics to better represent the people of the district.
He said the district has not dedicated any project from the Legislative Support Fund and the youth were being marginalized or isolated.