Engineers Propose Govt-Owned Mining Company -To Promote Employment, Increase Revenue

MONROVIA: As the clamor for Liberians to take custody of their own economy gets traction, a group of Liberian engineers under the aegis of the Liberia Society for Earth Scientists and Engineers (LISESE) said they will soon petition the administration of President Joseph Nyuma Boakai “to establish a mining company exclusively owned and operated by the government, which will promote greater employment opportunities for trained Liberian  geologists and mining engineers” as well as to promote greater employment opportunities for the citizens and increase revenue..

The initiative which is a flagship project of the Chairman of the group, Sumo Momolu and his team according to a press statement issued, “will push with relevant authorities of the Government of Liberia to make sure the country(Liberia) owns and operates its own mining company”

“With the proposed name of ‘National Mining Company of Liberia’, which acronym will be determined when the presentation of the recommendation is being made, is meant basically to create the much more desired job availability environment for Liberian Engineers and Earth Scientists to mainstream in their sector”, the release said.

This, when achieved by an Act of Legislature, according to LISESE’s Boss, Momolu,, “Will provide larger revenue corridors for the government, which trigger down effect will as well have direct economic benefits to the citizens as opposed to all of the millions of dollars the Country’s mineral sector generates, going to foreign companies”.

“LISESE, the society of earth scientists and engineers believes, that with the current trend, Liberian geologists, mining engineers, petrologists, electrical engineers, among others, are given less attention and priorities in job placement by mineral concessions and other categories of mining in Liberia”, the release said.

The group entity has also unveiled plans, through its new Executive Chairman, Sumo Momolu, that emulating the good example of the Liberia National Bar Association(LNBA) which regulates law practices here, “it [LISESE] will ensure that all engineers are placed under one umbrella, and more strikingly, through a stringent licensing regime, every engineer will sit a professional aptitude exam to determine eligibility status”.

Momolu emphasized that this vigorous exercise will be carried out annually, and that those who perform highly, and under-performers will be categorized for further action. Particular mentions were made for support from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the sector lead,, to collaborate with the earth science and engineers society to place a premium on the expertise of Liberian scientists who made remarks at the induction ceremony held on National Unification Day in Monrovia. William Hines, the Deputy Minister for Operations at the Mines and Energy Ministry, represented by Cooper Pency of the Cadastre unit of the Ministry (Mines and Energy), assured cordial relations between the government and the Engineers.

Special remarks of cooperation were as well made by Senior Engineer, E.C.B Jones who graced the occasion, including Assistant Minister for Mines, Carlos Tingban Edison, Assistant Minister for Mineral Exploration and Environmental Research, Oliver Gbegbe, among others in the earth sciences. Other leaders of the LISESE inducted on May 14, 2024, are Alphonso K. Hina, and Adolphus M.G.D Gleekai, who will serve two years term. Hina is the Co-Chairman, while Gleekai, Deputy Inspector-General of the Ministry of Mines and Energy is the Secretary General of LISESE

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