The office of Nimba Superintendent and other local authorities in the county expressed their appreciation to ArcelorMittal Liberia for sharing the joy of the holiday season with them through the distribution of rice to several communities and organizations; a gesture which has become a tradition of the company over the years.
Beneficiaries of the rice distribution included the company’s mining-affected communities such as Gbapa, Seyee-Geh, Makinto, and Zolowii. Others were the Superintendent’s office in Sanniquellie, Mother Jonah Orphanage Home, the security apparatus, YMCA Clinic in Yekepa, and the Free Pentecostal Clinic in Camp-4.
The office of the Nimba County Superintendent represented by the Assistant Superintendent for Development, Railey Myers, extended gratitude to ArcelorMittal Liberia for the gesture and urged the company to disregard the negative propaganda being spread against its operations.
In the mining-affected communities, the distribution targeted elderly residents.
In separate remarks, the elders welcome the direct approach of the company to reach out to them, saying it is the right thing to do, as the gesture will positively impact the locals.
They said being in direct relations as such, would keep them engaged with the Company for peaceful coexistence.
One of the elders said, “We want to thank the company for this.
But if this love affair would be good, let the husband be fair to tell the wife directly what is on his mind instead of passing through a mediator who may give different messages.”
This parable meant the Company’s relations with its immediate communities would be further strengthened if the company engages directly with them instead of using a third party.
It can be recalled that in October, citizens of mining-affected communities in Nimba in a meeting in Yaamein, with Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf and another official of government expressed that they were not against the operations of ArcelorMittal Liberia but want stronger engagement with the company.
The Company noted that call and has since commenced direct engagements with the communities.
ArcelorMittal Liberia has continued to invest in its relationship with its communities by listening and addressing concerns collaboratively through several interventions and programs.
AML’s Community Liaison Officer, Hilton Gortor said the company would still reach out to other communities and organizations who are earmarked and yet to benefit from the food distribution.
Earlier December, ArcelorMittal Liberia began the distribution of education supplies to 48 schools in Nimba, Bong, and Grand Bassa Counties and announced the start of several other projects and activities including free medical outreach, renovation of the Zolowee Public School, re-roofing of the G. W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquelle, Nimba County, installation of solar streetlights in the Township of Yekepa amongst others.
ArcelorMittal continues to engage with its operational communities and Liberia as a whole amidst its efforts to nurture a long and mutually rewarding relationship with the government and people of Liberia, as it anticipates the earliest passage of its win-win amended Agreement before the Liberia National Legislature, to accelerate job creation, increased revenue and create new opportunities for the people of Liberia.
ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and primary steelmaking facilities in 17 countries.
In 2020, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $53.3 billion and crude steel production of 71.5 million metric tonnes, while iron ore production reached 58.0 million metric tonnes.