The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Patrick Sudue has called on elders, citizens and residents of the gold mining town of Kinjor, Golakonneh District, Cape Mount County, to do away with violence in order to maintain peace with the Bea Mountain Mining Company in the district.
He made the call in Kinjor early this week when he explained to citizens the importance of policing and how they should work hand in hand with the Liberia National Police (LNP) for the common good of the country.
Inspector Sudue believes that the lack of understanding of issues causes most problems among citizens of the area. This has led to most children getting involved in demonstrations without knowing what they are demonstrating against. He promised to revisit the people to explain to them what they should do and what they should not.
He called on elders not to allow their children to get involved with anything associated with violence that could cause owners of the company to pack their bags and leave the country.
Inspector Sudue told the citizens that police officers in the community were there to help educate them on the importance of working hand in hand with them to keep their community free of trouble.
“In this 21st century, we are looking at that aspect of community policing because what we were doing in the past was traditional policing or active policing but now we are doing proactive policing. We are now taking the police to the people to know their needs and some of the problems they are facing,” he said.
He emphasized the danger of the current land conflict between the Gola and Vai ethnic groups but made it clear to them that they need to put aside their differences and work together if they wish to benefit from the company. He made it clear to them that the mining company cannot employ all of them.
“Citizens of this community have a preconceived mind that the company is supposed to employ all of them and it should not be like that because they lack requisite knowledge for the job.
“So I have come to explain to you this fact because you are calling on the company to employ all of the youth in this community which is not possible at all,” he stated.
He commended the community and governmental relations Manager of the Bea Mountain Mining Company (BMMC) Mr. Sando Wayne for the responsible way he has continued to engage citizens of the community on the importance of community development.
Inspector Sudue, meanwhile, distributed fruits, soft drinks and bags of mineral water to children of Kinjor as a sign of the police’s relations with the community.
“We came to this community to engage ourselves with its residents and to do what we have done to help make the children happy, so I chose to bring fruits, soft drinks and bags of mineral water to share among the children,” he said.