first_imgOn Monday, January 20, China Union Mining Company announced its shipment of 15,000 tons of iron ore from Bong Mines as part of its initial iron ore shipment from Liberia to China.China Union signed a US$2.8billion Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) with the Government of Liberia in 2010 to extract iron-ore from the Bong Ranges in Fuamah District, Lower Bong County, for a period of 25 years.According to contract details, most of the company’s operations are expected to take place in phases, including its social infrastructure package for the concession area.At the moment, the company has 300 employees, not including Liberian contractors.“China Union will start exporting 15,000 tons of iron-ore from Liberia to China. This is part of our plan to increase production and create more jobs for Liberians” disclosed Xing Ming Ding, China Union Deputy General Manager.He made the disclosure in Bong Mines on Monday at the official turning over ceremony of 827 housing units previously occupied by squatters and former workers of the Bong Mining Company.Prior to Monday’s event, about 827 family heads received US$500 each from the Government of Liberia as token; allowing the company to take over the housing units where most of its employees are expected to live throughout the concession period. Mr. Xing also assured the Government of China Union’s commitment to providing more job opportunities for Liberians.Mr. Xing disclosed that major works are ongoing on the Kakata-Bong Mines-Handi road, and disclosed further that the Community Central High School and the town’s only hospital, too, are undergoing similar facelift.“We are happy to be fulfilling a significant part of the MDA with China Union. Turning over of these facilities is a major part of the contract reached between China and the Government of Liberia,” said Sam Russ, Deputy Minister for Operations, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy.He called for cooperation from both the citizens and the Government of Liberia as his group intensifies its mining operations.Also responding at the takeover event, Mr. Hampton Giddings, Commissioner of Fuamah District, lauded the company for bringing transformation to the district.He praised China Union for helping restore social infrastructures in the area, including paving of the Kakata-Bong Mines road, the renovation of the Bong Central High, and provision of drugs and medical equipment for the hospital, among other things.“We are very happy to see what China Union is doing for us is Fuamah District,” said Commissioner Giddings.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAs the influx of Venezuelan migrants continues, with many of them settling in the interior locations, Police ranks have since been mandated with the duty of registering persons upon entry in the country along with registering births.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Commander of F Division, (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis said that a number of children who are being registered were actually born in Guyana and were taken to Venezuela. He said that among the challenges ranks are facing is that these parents never sought to obtain relevant documents such as birth certificates or passports for the children before leaving with them and are now seeking the requisite documentation.“In the Eteringbang, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) area, many children do not go to school and we are registering them. That is an area where most Venezuelans or Guyanese who went to Venezuela and returned went there…a lot of them [children] were born in Guyana and were taken to Venezuela but do not have any documentation so they are being registered to that effect by our police stationed in that area too,” the Commander said.Guyana Times was further told that police officers who are stationed at that location were recently trained to conduct various types of registration for those entering Guyana from Venezuela. They were also trained to accommodate Guyanese who had migrated to Venezuela and are now returning.“So for the children, we are doing the birth registration, so that they can have official paperwork and can be admitted to schools etc. Some of the older ones, they were born here, but don’t know anything about here or didn’t even know so we are getting the right documents for them. It is a lot of work but we were given that task and will do it to the best of our abilities,” the Commander added.Just last month, the Ministry of Citizenship, the General Registrar’s Office (GRO) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) had announced the intention of training officers in border locations to conduct registration of births.According to a release from that Ministry at that time, the Eteringbang community in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) has been identified as the first location where officers will be trained.The decision came following a meeting of the National Multi-Sectoral Coordinating Committee.Eteringbang, Minister Winston Felix had informed, would be used as a pilot before registration is rolled out in other border locations.last_img read more