Arcelor Mittal Bats Down Claim of 1000 Job Creation In Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia – April, 12, 2019: The international iron ore conglomerate Arcelor Mittal, which is operating in Liberia, has denied that it is creating 1,000 new jobs in the sub-political divisions of Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties.

Assistant Information Minister David B. Kolleh

The claim was pushed on social media a few days ago by an Assistant Minister for Technical Services at the Ministry of Information in the Congress For Democratic Change(CDC) led- Government David B. Kolleh and a Deputy Director General for Rural Services at the state run national broadcaster – a ruling party operative Boimah J.V. Boimah whose profile identified himself in January , 2018 as a  CDC Chief of Social Media & Communications Strategies.

Deputy LBS Director General Boima J. V. Boima

The social media post listed the job creation as part of Government’s achievements for the people of Liberia. Mr. Kolleh was appointed in February, 2018 shortly after the inauguration of President George M. Weah.

West African Journal Magazine conducted a scan of various social media sites and found the claim on Facebook which credited Mr. Kolleh. He has been promoting the  Weah Administration on various social media platforms. Kolleh joined Twitter in July, 2011.  His last post was on September 9, 2018 in which he was promoting the Government run New Liberian newspaper which featured articles on the Liberian President.

In response to an inquiry into the job creation claim by Assistant Minister Kolleh, a media representative of Arcelor Mittal told the West African Journal Magazine ion Thursday in an email that, “This information is untrue. Arcelor Mittal Liberia has not opened new employments. We will continue operating as normal.”

This is the most recent account of Government operatives attempting to lie about actual events in the country. In March, an aide to President Weah Sekou Damaro Kalasco was caught red-handed posting a fraudulent photo  to show Government of Liberia road construction development in Lofa County, northeastern Liberia.

The photo was stolen from an African Development Bank (ADB) project in Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr. Kalasco later apologized for the mistake.

Liberian Presidential Aide Sekou Damaro Kalasco

In another social media post discovered from February, 2017, one Alieu A. Swaray challenged a prior post by Kalasco in which he erroneously charged that the annual budget of former Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai was more than that of the U.S. President.

The claim by Kalasco was untrue.

Social Media Posts from Feb. 2017

The Government is under pressure to produce tangible results to change the current dire economic situation and operatives have been trying to paint a positive outlook of Government to citizens; sometimes by embellishment or non-factual information.

By Our Correspondent In Monrovia

West African Journal Magazine

Aggrieved Ruling Party Members Demand Jobs in Liberia

Ruling CDC Liberia

 

Monrovia, 28 Aug 2018:  As pervasive economic hardship bites  in Liberia, President George Weah was Saturday shocked by scores of aggrieved zealots of his ruling coalition for Democratic change, CDC,  protesting at their party headquarters in demand for jobs.

  

Unsuspecting President Weah had arrived at his party headquarters to receive several defectors from opposition parties crossing over to the CDC; something fast becoming the newfound greener pasture here.

 

Former ruling Unity Party (UP) lawmaker  Richmond Anderson was Saturday amongst several persons nowadays streaming to join the ruling CDC.

 

Already, many southerners including Representatives Jay Nagbe Sloh and Johnathan Fornati Koffa, who won legislative seats on the former ruling UP and Liberty Party tickets have since crossed carpet to the CDC. Sinoe county Rep. Sloh says he is on a mission to woo 20 lawmakers to give CDC a “convincing majority at the Capitol.”

 

Bong county is an exception having a single CDC  representative in its 8-member legislative caucus.

 

Placard wielding  CDcians chanting “We want jobs, we want jobs…” We are tired of being marginalized,” had directed their anger party chairman Mulbah Morlu, accused of favoring nonpartisans over CDCians for employment.

 

But President Weah remained acquiescent about the job protests whose authors vowed to continue until their grievances are met.

 

Ruling CDC Party Chairman Mulbah Morlu

 

Our Monrovia correspondent reports that Chairman Mulbah’s drive for only ruling party CDC members to occupy jobs is seriously ruining the Civil Service Agency (CAA) now obliged to employ, according to CDC recommendations, thus swelling the CSA with over 2000 new employees, let alone the Capitol Building

where nepotism and patronage are rampant. 

 

Meanwhile, barely a fortnight before he makes his debut at the UN, president Weah has recalled ambassador Lewis Brown from the UN in New York and replaced him with deputy foreign minister D. Maxwell Kemayen, a neophyte in diplomacy, thus creating speculations for the move.

 

By Tepitapia Sannah in Monrovia

West African Journal