Iron Ore Firm Provides Scholarships To 300 Students

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MONROVIA, April 5 (LINA) - Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappy says in fulfillment of its two percent exploration fees, a firm searching for iron ore in Bong County has paid the tuition of over 300 students amounting to US$10,000.

Jonah Capital has been exploring for iron ore in Suakoko, Sanoyea and Yellequelleh Districts in Bong County since 2011.

Each of the districts, which are affected by the company’s operations, is receiving the amount of US$3,333 as education benefit, according to the Liberia News Agency (LINA).

Superintendent Polson-Mappy told LINA Saturday via telephone that Jonah Capital has also begun the construction of a five-km road linking Gou in Mellequelleh in Sanoyea District to another road leading to the Kpatawee Waterfalls.

She said the company has also constructed a road in Yellequelleh District which, she said, was valued at over US$300,000.

According to Madam Polson-Mappy, the company is also transforming its old exploration camp into a school for locals and a residence for the school’s principal.

She said the projects were in line with the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) signed between the Liberian Government and the company, which provides that a company conducting exploration should make available two percent of its annual exploration budget for the construction, maintenance or rehabilitation of schools or clinics within its licensed area.

Citizens of the Suakoko, Yellequelleh and Sanoyea during a consultative meeting with Jonah Capital resolved that the company rehabilitate three roads in the three districts, grant scholarships to students, transform the company’s old exploration camp to a school campus and purchase an x-ray machine for the Phebe Hospital.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Polson-Mappy has praised the Unity Party-led Government for introducing the Social Development Fund and other benefits such as the two percent exploration clause in the MDA that are immensely impacting her county.