Youth, Civil Right Activists go against NMJD
The National Youth Coalition in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Civil Rights Coalition Thursday 24th called a press conference at Sierra Leone Association of Journalists [SLAJ] office at Campbell Street, to update the print and electronic media of their strongest disapproval with regard a press release put out by Network Movement for Justice and Development [NMJD] Thursday 24th.
The President National Youth Coalition, AL Sankoh Conteh (in photo), in his statement condemns and disconnects his organization from the NMJD press release.
He said however that the press release by NMJD which among other things state “Civil Society reminds Government of its promise to preview mining Lease Agreements” is seemingly bias, unproductive and speaks no volume.
In a strong tone, AL Sankoh told journalists present that the said press release is by nature ‘deceptive’ and do not have the blessing of the various Civil Society Organisations countrywide.
“Considering the role of young people in the mining sector (NYC and the Sierra Leone Civil Rights Coalition), the two have been monitoring the investment climate of mineral resources in the country,” Al- Sankoh said.
“The commencement of Exportation of iron ore by the African Minerals Limited [AML] clearly manifest that the country is moving towards economic prosperity.”
“The selective and persistent attacks by the Network Movement for Justice and Development against AML lack national characters and have the propensity to disintegrate and frustrate mining investment companies.”
NYC Secretary General, Mr. Beccles said the situation appeared cloudy when NMJD keeps saying that they’ve been working closely with outside partners.
He stressed however that the activities of Network Movement for Justice and Development is questionable and transmit ‘egoism’ which as at present destroys the unsettling oil reach region of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said the NMJD press release is undemocratic and despotic by nature as it speaks not for all (youth and civil right organization), but singularly for NMJD.
“The NMJD should have required the consultative views and opinions of various sectors of the general public before coming out with such a release, Beccles said.
By Mohamed Kabba Turay
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