Saturday 6 December 2014
Sierra Leone has a problem 'bigger' than Ebola - Yes, I have Mining on my mind and Burning Spear on my Playlist
African Minerals recently announced a total shutdown of its Mine - leaving thousands of its workers unemployed [click]
The government are silent.
No redundancy for workers, no pay out?
I came across this 'Open letter' to President Ernest Bai Koroma
I doubt anyone will read it.. why?
Why would they... if they can ignore it.. they will [clcik]
In truth, I hope it is read.. and its points are taken into consideration.
I hope that the Mining Industry becomes profitable for the people of Sierra Leone and not just the Multinational companies.
But it may be a false hope.
Here's the thing.
Despite everything, I hope the mine re-opens.. why? because the people need jobs.
The government should step in - right now, to protect the workers, but as yet.. we wait
I don't know.
That the people are now at the mercy of foreign investors makes me want to cry.
This is neo colonialism at its worse
That the government appears to be failing to take care of the workers is appalling
In truth.. I would say that what is taking place in Sierra Leone is a national and international scandal equal to the banking crisis that crippled many western economies.. damaging the lives and pockets of many ordinary folk.
The exploitation of Mining in Sierra Leone and treatment of workers needs a Global Spotlight
But the focus.. the Spotlight, is now on Ebola.
Or so they say.
How can an Iron Ore Mining Industry generate billions and billions for foreign investors whilst the country( which makes it possible ) remains one of the poorest in the world?
Sierra Leone could be heaven or hell.
It will be heaven - or hell.
Surely the current leaders would want to avoid another civil war at all costs!?
Instead of helping 'African Governance specialist' Tony Blair and his allies to become richer and richer....
Instead of shutting up dissenting voices
It's time for the government to ensure that so called 'investors' - multinationals..pay up!.
The country must benefit. The people much benefit. Services and jobs must improve.
It's time the leaders woke up
People will only be pushed so far
Ebola is a symptom, but not a casue