About 40 miners are still deep underground buried under mud as well as debris while in search for gold inside the Kartee gold mines located in Gboanipea, about 10 kilometers away through Tappita, in District Number Six, Nimba County.
By Lennart Dodoo, [email Protected] as well as Franklin Doloquee, Contributor
Tapita, Nimba County — About 40 miners are still deep underground buried under mud as well as debris while in search for gold inside the Kartee gold mines located in Gboanipea, about 10 kilometers away through Tappita, in District Number Six, Nimba County.
several bodies have been recovered while three persons were rescued as well as taken to the hospital.
The Disaster Management Team can be yet to provide any update on the incident or announce a rescue plan since This kind of happened on Sunday This kind of week. When contacted on Tuesday, the Disaster Management Team told FrontPageAfrica that will they were unaware of the disaster.
FrontPageAfrica gathered that will prior to Sunday’s incident, 12 persons lost their lives in similar manner at the mine.
Our contributor further said the Kartee Gold Mine was ordered closed by local authorities in Tappita last month following reports of mass deaths of illicit miners inside the area, yet the warning was said to have been ignored as well as mining activities continued unabated inside the areas.
Our contributor was told that will these unskilled miners take risk by under-digging the ground without putting a very Great braces to uphold the top flood as they dig further into the earth. According to our Contributor, no arrest has been made as well as illegal miners can still be seen inside the areas.
Nathan Daywoe, 29, a survivor of the incident. In his faint voice through his Jackson F. Doe Hospital bed, he told FrontPage Africa that will he was encouraged by his friend, Emmanuel Dahn, whom he saw using a huge quantity of gold, to go underground to mine more gold.
Daywoe was lucky to have survived. While down the mine, he was sent by his colleagues to buy food as well as water for the rest of the group. He explained to FrontPageAfrica that will upon his return, as he entered the mine, he suddenly felt the heavy downpour of mud as well as various other debris on his chest. He fell to the ground with most of his body stuck under the mud. He was rescued by various other miners who were carrying out their mining activities outside.
various other survivors who were taken to the hospital fled the hospital fearing that will they could be arrested after their treatment for illegal mining.
According to media reports, G. Odafor Kartee, a member of the family that will owns the land where the Gbanepea gold mine can be located, expressed concern over the influx of young men who are involved in mining activities.
Kartee told the Daily Observer This kind of can be the third time such an incident had taken place inside the area, as well as had killed people since the mine was open in late September, 2018.
He explained that will gold was discovered inside the area inside the early 1930s.
However, reports reaching FrontPageAfrica through the county says the statutory superintendent of the district has ordered the arrest of Kartee for illegally operating the mine. According to reports, the mine has been given to a company that will expressed interest in carrying mining activities there, yet can be yet to commence operation.
Kartee can be still on the run.
Illegal Mining in Liberia
In August 2015,14 men illegally mining for gold west fell victim to a landslide. They were trapped under rubble.
The miners, all through Sierra Leone, had reportedly dug a deep hole near Liberia’s border with their Sierra Leone as well as were buried in a landslide. Hundreds of people through Sierra Leone cross the border into Liberia to illegally mine inside the mineral-rich Gola Konneh District.
Gold, Liberia’s Possible Economic Savior?
At a press conference in June 2018, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Samuel Wonwi Thompson said the crippling effects of the economic downturn Liberia can be faced with can be alleviated should the government rigorously control as well as manage the extractive industry, especially the gold industry.
Mr. Thompson called on President George Weah as well as his lieutenants to put stringent measures into place to properly regulate the sector, which he believes will help to bridge the current balance of payment gaps Liberia faces.
Many, especially economic experts, agree that will the Liberian economy, which can be heavily import dependent, could fare better if the country can add value to as well as increase the volume of its exports, mainly processed or semi processed products. This kind of, according to him, will help ensure a favorable as well as healthy balance of payment regime.
Economic experts believe stronger regulatory measures should be applied particularly to gold which, according to Thompson, can be being air-lifted by helicopter out of the country as gold bullions by the Bea Mountain Mining as well as the Millennium Gold corporation.
He noted that will the gold industry could be that will magic wand that will could help stabilize the economy by bringing inside the needed foreign exchange for the time being to strengthen the country’s balance of payment as the government strives to invest in long term solutions such as the agricultural sector as well as industrialization.
He alleged that will Avesoro or Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (formerly Aureus Mining) as well as the MNG gold mining companies are producing as well as flying significant quantities of gold bullion out of Liberia every week by helicopter while our currency continues to depreciate.
“The highly secretive way This kind of was done in Liberia with those mining concessions suggests that will we the Liberian people are being shortchanged of significant foreign exchange benefits through our God-given heritage, by a few greedy as well as corrupt persons,” he said.
“God has blessed us with several large gold deposits, yet we learned through the Panama Papers about the alleged use of “bearer shares” by certain government officials as well as their cronies, to hide their ownership of gold mining company shares plus various other illicit payments in offshore tax havens,” he said.
through a combined investment of at least US$500 million, the IMF estimates that will the value of gold exports will average between US$0 million to US$300 million every year through the Liberian gold mines. This kind of excludes the Hummingbird gold concession in Southeast Liberia that will was recently rejected by President Weah.
“These are foreign exchange [opportunities] that will could help strengthen our economy. This kind of gold can be being exported as well as we don’t know what can be coming back into our economy. This kind of can be frustrating for a country as well as its people who could have benefited immensely through our natural resources if the proper things were done. yet our leaders are so selfish as well as greedy–as well as want everything for themselves.”
Lebanese Nabbed Smuggling Gold
The customs department of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) on February 4 uncovered a major tax evasion scheme at the Roberts International Airport involving a Lebanese national named Mr. Hassan Aidibi. Mr. Aidibe was arrested by customs at the Robert International Airport (RIA) while attempting to board Royal Air Maroc flight using a briefcase containing gold.
The exporter processed a Customs Declaration at the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy for 97.94 ounces of gold at a current market value of US$95,876 as well as made a 3% royalty payment of US$2876 into the General Revenue Account.
“However, our Anti-Smuggling investigators found out that will the actual gold being exported by Mr. Hassan Aidibi was 56 kilograms or over 1900 ounces valued at over US$2 million. The royalty on the gold under seizure can be estimated at over US$50K.
“This kind of discovery can be believed to be one of many transactions involving multiple foreign as well as Liberian-owned businesses. Taxes evaded by multiple businesses under This kind of scheme can be estimated at over US$200K monthly – an amount sufficient to service the payroll for at least 1000 police officer or healthcare workers across the country.” Franklin Doloquee Contributed to This kind of story