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Bole MP accuses Lands Minister of unilaterally granting mining concessions to foreigners

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Member of Parliament for Bole-Bamboi, Yusif Sulemana, has raised concerns about the allocation of mining concessions to foreign entities by the Lands Minister, Samuel Jinapor, and the Minerals Commission without proper consultation. This has led to tensions in the constituency, with reports of NPP executives being assaulted by soldiers guarding the mining sites.

Sulemana pointed out that while only four small-scale mining companies have been granted licenses since February, over seven large-scale miners have been given land without engaging with stakeholders. This lack of consultation has resulted in clashes between the youth and the mining companies.

The MP also alleged that NPP executives are being given preferential treatment in accessing lucrative mining sites for illegal mining activities. He mentioned that the vice chairman and secretary of the NPP have been hospitalized after being brutalized by the military while trying to protect Chinese miners.

Sulemana emphasized the importance of stakeholders’ involvement in the allocation of mining concessions to ensure transparency and fairness. He warned that further disturbances could occur if the process is not properly streamlined.

He called on the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources to be cautious in the allocation of land to large-scale miners and to ensure that small-scale miners are also given opportunities. Sulemana stressed the need for balance and compliance with laws governing mining activities in the country.

The MP’s concerns highlight the ongoing challenges in the mining sector and the need for proper regulation and consultation to address them effectively.

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