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Mines Bureau Gets Bikes To Cut Illicit Mining, Smuggling
MONROVIA, September 14 (LINA) - The Ministry Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME) has presented motorbikes to four Regional Coordinators of the Bureau of Mines to enhance their field work.
According to a release issued, the gesture is intended to minimize the high rate of illicit mining and smuggling, and address other mine-related issues to enhance revenue generation.
Presenting the motorbikes to the regional coordinators recently, Deputy Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Jenkins O. Atuanya said the Bureau of Mines is a critical component of the ministry, making it important that the bureau be provided the needed logistics to do its job.
Atuanya explained that the ministry is doing all it can to ensure that full support is given to the Bureau of Mines to enhance its work and hoped that the bikes would be used for the intended purpose.
He stressed that the bikes are to ensure extensive monitoring and inspection of various mining activities to deal with illicit mining and improve the ministry’s revenue generating capacity, especially at a time of decline in the mining sector owing to a drop in the price of iron ore.
Also speaking, Mr. Alpha Oumar Bah, Director of Mines, thanked the Regional Coordinators for their level of commitment to their duties and assured the ministry’s continuous support in the performance of their duties.
He, however, warned them to take their assignments seriously as he will not hesitate to recall anyone found involved in acts not in conformity with their assignment.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Mining Agent and Regional Coordinator, E. Richard Dillon thanked the ministry for the bikes and promised that they would be used for the intended purpose.
Dillon appealed to the administration for more support in the areas of office equipment and other supplies to make their job easier, especially in preparing reports.