Sand Mining ‘Undermining’ RIA Highway Bridge

first_imgResidents are worried about their respective properties and the condition of the three-leg bridge under which the sand mining is ongoing The only two-lane bridge over the Junk River that connects the Roberts International Airport (RIA) with Monrovia is now in danger as a result of alleged sand mining in the river, residents have informed the Daily Observer.The leadership of the community, represented by Atty. George Kailondo told a team of investigative reporters over the weekend that sand mining is threatening the life-span of the bridge, his multi-million dollars residential area, the Baracuda entertainment center and other facilities in the area.Atty. Kailondo has meanwhile expressed frustration over the situation, adding, “This has to stop or else the ELWA/RIA highway will eventually encounter a sudden closure when the bridge over this Junk River collapses.”While pointing in the direction of the many cracks on the wall of his house and the foundation of the fence around the house, Atty. Kailondo said the sand mining has continued to the extent that even the habitat of crocodiles may have been destroyed, exposing them and the fish to extreme danger.“The sand is so much under the river so the Chinese-owned company involved in the exercise uses many other sand compressors to navigate the river as a means to suck mostly the rich portion of it,” said an ‘environmentalist’ who did not want to be identified, but was hired by Kailondo and the other residents who claimed that their properties are being affected by the exercise.Mr. Prince Johnson (the son of the late D. Roosevelt Johnson) the general manager of the Goodrich Incorporated, a company that is at the center of the alleged sand mining, denied reports of the danger affecting the river and the neighborhood.He said “We gave the Chinese company the legal right to mine sand in the Junk River and their mining sand is not putting any property as well as the bridge as risk.”He told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that his company obtained a permit from three concerned government agencies including the Liberia Environmental Agency (EPA).“I can’t respond to whatever claims an individual may have against my company for mining, because I was duly licensed. So whatever issue Mr. Kailondo and his people have, let them take it to the government and those agencies including the EPA, but not to me,” Mr. Johnson said and hung up.Kailondo claimed he has earlier complained to the authorities of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME).His claim could not be confirmed by the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy Public Relations Director, Joseph Matadly. Mr. Matadly said since reporters called him to confirm the report he would take up the issue this week.However, he said companies doing river sand mining are duly registered with the government, except for those doing beach mining.“As of the bridge or properties being affected, I cannot speak to that, but will take up the issue Monday, to the director of mines at the ministry,” Mr. Matadly assured the Daily Observer yesterday.Aloysius K. Kotee, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Manager for Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Unit, could not be reached as his phone was switched off throughout the weekend, but an official in his office promised to provide appropriate response on the issue.“I will inform Mr. Kotee to launch immediate investigation into the concerns of the residents,” the EPA source said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Drama on LFA 1st Division League Table

first_imgPlayers from the LFA 1st division leagueFC Fassel and Monrovia Club Breweries lose points for fielding illegal players; Watanga, Jubilee, Barrolle and LISCR benefitDays after it was reported that FC Fassel was just few steps away from clinching their first ever championship, there has been a dramatic shift in the league table after points were deducted from FC Fassel and Monrovia Club Breweries.According to an official communication, 12 points were deducted from FC Fassel after two separate protests were filed by LISCR FC against the Soccer Missionaries and one against Monrovia Club Breweries for fielding illegal players.A complaint was filed by LISCR FC against FC Fassel for fielding player Jeremy G. Saygbe in FC Fassel’s matches against Mighty Barrolle and Jubilee FC on May 31 and June 19 respectively; matches that the player should have missed thus rendering him as an illegal player.According to the finding from the committee, player Saygbe was shown a red card in their match against Watanga FC on April 14, 2017 and missed two games instead of three.“The committee recommends that the result of the match (Barrolle vs. FC Fassel) be reversed as follow: Barrolle 2-0 Fassel; and the result of the match (Jubilee vs. FC Fassel) also be reversed as follow: Jubilee 2-0 Fassel,” the committee’s ruling states.In the second protest, FC Fassel was found guilty after it was established by the committee that midfielder John Jaysay was fielded against Watanga FC both at home and away on March 22 and April 14 respectively.The committee therefore recommended that the results of the two matches also be reversed 2-0 against Fassel for both home and away.Midfielder Jaysay, according to the finding, was shown yellow cards in three matches against MC Breweries, LPRC Oilers, and Nimba United, therefore resulting in a one match ban in keeping with Chapter 20, Article 27, Section 1.0 of the LFA statute.Third place Monrovia Club Breweries was also found guilty of similar offense for featuring player Benjamin Blapoh against LISCR FC on June 26, 2017, having received three yellow cards against Mighty Barrolle, Keitrace and ELWA United.“The committee recommends that Monrovia Club Breweries forfeits the match to LISCR with three points, two goals.”The match between LISCR and Breweries ended 1-1; therefore additional two points have been added to Coach Tapha Manneh’s side, summing it to 40 points out of 20 matches.Due to the ruling of the protest, there have been a change of positions on the league table with LISCR FC on top and needing just two points from their last two matches.Barrack Young Controllers is now seated second on goal difference — leveled on points with MC Breweries — 35 points apiece, while Watanga FC have moved four places from their previous 8th place position.FC Fassel is now 5th on the table-leveled on points with Nimba United-with 31 points, but top on goal difference, while Jubilee moved to 6th place, three points above Keitrace. Mighty Barrolle is now five points above the relegation zone.However, FC Fassel still has a chance to file in an appeal to the grievance and ethics committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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