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Thursday, May 23, 2024

EDITORIAL: PRESIDENT BOAKAI’S BOLD MOVE TO SHUT DOWN WESTERN CLUSTER

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President Joseph N. Boakai’s decision to shut down Western Cluster in Bomi County is a commendable step towards protecting Liberia’s resources and ensuring that the citizens benefit from them. The President’s resolve, as expressed during his inspection of the Suehn Mecca road rehabilitation, demonstrates his commitment to the welfare of the people and the preservation of critical infrastructure.

It is unacceptable for a company to exploit resources without providing tangible benefits to the local community. President Boakai’s assertion that Western Cluster is not mining but merely taking resources without rewarding the county is deeply troubling. His determination to close down the company sends a strong message that such exploitative practices will not be tolerated under his leadership.

The President’s decision is also a testament to his commitment to accountability and transparency. By taking action against Western Cluster, President Boakai is standing up for the rights of the Liberian people and ensuring that resources are managed responsibly for the benefit of all.

The recent MOU signed between Western Cluster Liberia Limited and the Government of Liberia was supposed to pave the way for the company to resume operations in Bomi Hills Mines. However, it appears that the agreement has not yielded the intended benefits for the county, leading to President Boakai’s decisive action.

The deteriorating state of the road from St. Paul’s bridge to Tubmanburg, attributed to Western Cluster’s heavy-duty trucks, is a clear example of the company’s negative impact on the local infrastructure. Reports of accidents involving Western Cluster trucks further underscore the need for action to protect the safety and well-being of the citizens.

It is heartening to see that residents of Bomi County are speaking out against Western Cluster and demanding accountability. Their call for responsible corporate behavior and development of affected communities should serve as a wake-up call to all companies operating in Liberia.

President Boakai’s decision to shut down Western Cluster is a bold and necessary step to protect Liberia’s resources and ensure that they are used for the benefit of the people. It is a reminder that the government is committed to upholding the rights of its citizens and holding companies accountable for their actions.

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