House Concurs with Senate to Ratify Hummingbird Resources MDA

first_img(r) House Chairman Representative J. Fonati Koffa votes for the Senate to concur with the Hummingbird Resource Deal.Forty-one members of the House of Representatives, in its Chambers on Thursday, June 14, at its 37th day sitting, concurred with the Senate to ratify the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) of Hummingbird Resource (Liberia) Incorporated.The House unanimously approved the MDA of Hummingbird, following a report from the Joint Committee on Lands, Mines, Environment and Natural Resources and the Judiciary. The Committee was mandated by the House Plenary on Tuesday to scrutinize and review the Hummingbird Resource (Liberia) deal and report within 48 hours after it was forwarded by the Senate upon its passage.The deal was submitted by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the Senate during the 5th session of the 53rd Legislature, and was read and adopted on its 1st reading and sent to Committee Room on Monday, June 11, 2017, during a special sitting.A year later on Monday, June 11, the Senate, through its secretary, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, wrote House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, informing him that the “Act to Ratify the MDA between the Liberian government and Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Inc.,” was passed by members of the Senate.Mr. Singbeh said the second reading of the Bill constituted the third and final, and that the Bill was adopted, passed into law, ordered and engrossed.Hummingbird, a gold mining company, will be operating in Maryland, Grand Kru, Sinoe and River Gee Counties, because the Columbite-tantalite known as Coltan gold has been discovered in those counties.Senate 2016 Hummingbird ReportIt can be recalled that in November 2016, the Senate Joint Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions, Investment and Concessions, recommended to the plenary of the Senate to postpone the ratification process of the proposed MDA between the government and Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Incorporated, pending some explanations from the Executive.According to the joint committee’s report, principally the lumping of four exploration licenses into a single MDA, instead of four separate MDAs and the lack of a plan towards the development and mining of the over four million ounces of inferred gold resources discovered in Sinoe County, are concerns that need explanations from the Executive.The committee in its concluding report to plenary, noted that the lumping together of the four exploration licensed areas into a single MDA instead of four in line with the New Minerals and Mining Law approved on April 3, 2000, will lead to revenue loss to the government in the tune of millions of United States dollars, “and significant reduction in social development funds and other benefits to the affected communities in  Sinoe, Grand Kru, River Gee and Maryland counties.”Besides the loss of revenue and benefits, the committee maintained that the areas could be susceptible to limited and impetuous exploration work, which could result into some of the areas prematurely and unjustifiably been declared uneconomical and making them relatively unattractive for future investment.In the findings of the committee, during the formulation of the MDA, there should have been a provision setting aside a production lot (s) over the areas in Sinoe where the gold has been discovered or the company given a maximum of one year to declare production areas.“Allotting the company five (5) additional years for exploration over these areas containing a gold resource after exploring for 10 years is excessive and the legal, technical and economic bases are debatable, ” the report concluded.History of Hummingbird Gold PitchIn July 2015, a US$100 million gold mining Agreement with Hummingbird Resources (HUM) for mining operations in Sinoe County was signed between the Company and the Government of Liberia, but with the modification of the Bill and the addition of Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee counties, there is yet to be known whether the worth of the signature of the Agreement, signed and granted as well as the mining license will remain the same.In the previous agreement, as of July 2015 and 2016 respectively, when submitted to the Senate, the company is to pay the government a US$1.5 million signature fee once the Agreement is ratified by the Legislature, and another US$1.5 million on the granting of the mining license.Hummingbird on annual basis commencing on the first anniversary of the effective date of the Agreement, will contribute an amount to the Social Development Fund (SDF) for the affected communities, which means those areas in which the company will do its mining. The SDF during years one and two will be US$100,000; years three and four, US$150,000; years five to 10, US$200,000; and years 11 onward, US$250,000 throughout the 25-year Agreement.The company will also pay all other taxes and duties. In keeping with Government of Liberia’s Economic Recovery Plan, Hummingbird will give first priority to qualified Liberians for employment, help improve workers and community education and health and give preference to Liberian suppliers in terms of procurement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgCllr John O’Donnell as he appeared in the RTE Investigates programme.A SOLICITOR for Cllr John O’Donnell has claimed the re-entry of a civil case against him in Letterkenny District Court today was an attempt to embarrass him.Cllr O’Donnell agreed on March 2 at the same court to begin making weekly payments of €100 to a woman he injured in a car accident 16 years ago. Petra Kucklick, a German native from Mill Cottage, Rooskey, Creeslough, sued O’Donnell for an outstanding €33,000 debt from a personal injury claim. She was awarded the money in 2008 but Cllr O’Donnell had stopped making payments.After a number of cases earlier this year Cllr O’Donnell agreed to begin payments again.However Judge Paul Kelly was told today by Ms Kucklick’s barrister Laura O’Reilly that the independent politician from Kilmacrennan had missed the first two payments in April.This was only settled this morning by cheque she said.She also complained that although payments had to be made each Friday, these were not arriving in Ms Kucklick’s bank account until the following Monday.However solicitor Kevin McElhinney, representing Cllr O’Donnell, said the re-entry of the case was an attempt to embarrass his client.“My client has met all his commitments in full and has been complying with the order,” said the solicitor.“This case is an attempt to further ridicule and embarrass my client.”He also objected to an application to have payments made earlier each week.Mr McElhinney said Cllr O’Donnell had set up a standing order each Friday as he was paid on that day each week and any delay between the money leaving his account and arriving in Ms Kucklick’s account was a matter for the banks.He said changing payments to a Wednesday or a Thursday wouldn’t suit Cllr O’Donnell as this was before he received his wages.Judge Kelly agreed and said he would not change the payment date.However he awarded costs to Ms Kucklick for today’s hearing as Cllr O’Donnell had missed the first two payments, saying the politician had been in court in March and knew the dates on which payments had to begin in April.CLLR JOHN O’DONNELL BACK IN COURT OVER MISSED PAYMENTS was last modified: July 6th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:civil actionCllr John O’Donnellcourtdonegalpaymentslast_img read more


first_imgThe Seniors get back into league action this Sunday with a trip to face St. Michael’s at The Bridge, throw in 3pm. The Reserves throw-in at 1:30pm. The Reserves opened their league season last Saturday evening with a big win over Kilcar.The Senior Hurlers will take on Setanta in O’Donnell Park in their opening League game this Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30pm, before travelling to MacCumhaills the following week.Best of luck to Caolan, the two Conor’s and Lee as Donegal meet Cavan in the Ulster U21 decider. Best of luck to the Donegal Hurlers that take on Fingal in the Div. 3A Final this weekend.The Minor Boys footballers had a big win over the Gaels last week and followed up with a good away win against N. Colmcille on Friday night to sit at the top of the league with two games left. They are at home to MacCumhaills this Friday night.The Senior Ladies claimed two good wins in the 13-a-side league over the weekend. They defeated Moville on Friday and overcame Termon on Sunday to continue their good start to the season.The U14 Boys footballers were in action on Monday night, with the Div. 1 team defeating N. Mhuire, Convoy at home. They travel to Gaoth Dobhair next Monday. The Div. 2 team travelled to Cloughaneely and came away with a good win and they are at home to Fanad Gaels next week. The Div. 3 team had no game this week and they travel to Castlefin next week to take on Robert Emmett’s. The U14 Hurlers lost by 2 points in a competitive game away to MacCumhaills. The Minor Hurlers also had their first loss of the year to MacCumhaills. The U14 are away to the Gaels this Thursday while the Minor Hurlers are home to Strabane Shamrocks, also on Thursday. U16 and Minor Hurling training continues at 5pm Tuesdays in O’Donnell Park.Three U12 teams travelled to Buncrana on Saturday for an invitation blitz and had some great games with Darragh Ellison picking up the player of the tournament award.The Sunday Morning Football Academy began last Sunday and once again there were great numbers in attendance. The Friday evening Hurling & Camogie Academy gets underway this Friday, April 12th at 6:30pm. New members from all areas of Letterkenny are welcome to join.Cúl Camps will take place in O’Donnell Park this year on July 22nd (football) and August 12th (Hurling).There were 5 winners in this week’s lotto that win €20 each. The numbers drawn were: 13-15-16-22 and the winners are Mark Gilmartin, Glenoughty Close (Adrian); James Friel, Killyclug; John Ellison, Lismonaghan; Tom wherity, Cullion Rd. and Sean O’Kane, Tara Court (all card). Next week’s jackpot is €3,100. GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: April 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more