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07. March 2006

LIBERIA (AFRICA): USD 2.5m Rubber Processing Plant for Bong

Source: The Analyst (Monrovia); March 7, 2006

Bong County Representative Adam Conneh of District #2
has disclosed that plans are underway for the
construction of a USD 2.5m rubber processing plant in
the area.

According to the Bong County Lawmaker, the plant will
be constructed by the Lee Group of Companies which is
providing employment for over 100 residents of Salala
District, Bong County.

Legislative Press Bureau told reporters that the Bong
County Representative noted that such development
would help to battle against the high rate of
unemployment which is said to be over 85%.

Representative Conneh regretted the appalling
condition of citizens of the district and assured them
of his commitment to the development of the district.

He used the occasion to call on the international
community and humanitarian aid agencies operating in
the country to assist in developmental projects by
reconditioning roads, providing better schools and
health facilities as well as agricultural implements
to boost farming activities in the district.

In a related development, Montserrado County
Representative from District #14 has appealed to
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to review all
agreements of rubber plantations and other companies
operating in the country, especially in the district.

Representative Richard Holder said it is frustrating
that companies operating in the District are taking
advantage of residents and refusing to carry out
developments such as reconditioning of roads to enable
residents transport their products.

The Montserrado County lawmaker asserted that the
district is the largest in the county, but lacks road
networks and other facilities.

He spoke over the weekend during his first visit to
Nyehn, Todee District, and he warned that serious
measures will be taken against companies that are not
making efforts to develop the area.

He called on Public Works Minister Willis Knuckles to
recondition the Bensonville-Todee Road and other roads
in the district to enable citizens move freely with
their produce.


(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)

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