Paramount Chief lambasts companies
Paramount Chief of Lower Banta Chiefdom, Moyamba District, John Russell Nyama II, revealed to this medium over the weekend that the chiefdom’s relationship with mining companies is not cordial as the companies undertake mining activities without his consent.
He pointed out that the only time mining companies ask for his intervention is when landowners prevent them from carrying on with their mining activities.
According to P.C. John Russell Nyama II, “mining companies are not employing indigenes of mining communities, most of whom are youths and as you are aware, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Even the few who are employed are misused and abused by foreigners with the United Mines Workers Union doing nothing to protect their interest.”
He articulated that since his election a year ago, none of the companies has adhered to its corporate social responsibility to the communities in which they operate and called on government to give them more power to have direct contact with mining companies as they are the custodians of the land.
Concluding, P.C. John Russell Nyama II also cautioned Vimetco and the company that would soon take over Sierra Rutile to cooperate with all Paramount Chiefs and other stakeholders for successful operations.
By A.R. Bedor Kamara
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