Sierra Leone govt gives mining companies ultimatum
The Sierra Leone government has issued a two-week ultimatum to mining and exploration companies in the country to regularize their documents or face suspension.
The exercise is in accordance with the mines and mineral Act of 2009, which mandates all mining and exploration companies to regularize their books and annual report at the ministry of mines and mineral resources.
According to a joint release by the ministry of finance and mineral resources, the companies have failed to regularize their documents.
The statement said the mining and exploration companies had not only failed to make good their annual report and renewal license payment, but also to submit their operational reports.
The mining and exploration companies have been urged to furnish the office of the director of mines with evidence of payment made or in absence of payment, a bank draft to bring the license up to date.
Also mining companies have been asked to provide the office with outstanding operational report in respect of mining license and up to date email, telephone and other contact details and information.
All mining and exploration companies must submit the required documents by Friday, 19 August, the statement said.Written by Mohammed Konneh (Editing by Harrison Akoh) Tweet