The Resident Minister East Hon. William Juana Smith has called on the newly appointed mines monitoring officers (MMO) in Kenema in the East to discourage illicit mining in the district and in the region as a whole. The Minister made this appeal while addressing a cross section of the mines monitoring officers at his Maxwell Khobe street office in Kenema city. He said mining is one of the main economic bases of the country adding that it will bring foreign exchange in the country thereby improving on the standard of living of citizens. The Minister told the mines monitoring officers to be always vigilant in carrying out their duty and also to discourage illicit mining in their areas of operation as government’s revenue base in that direction will reduce if they do not monitor properly.
Mr. Smith said the government has imposed confidence in them as mines monitors so they need to complement government effort in the fight against smuggling of diamonds and other minerals like gold. Hon William Juana Smith appealed to the mines monitoring officers to encourage people to take their licenses before they go into mining activities and also do their business in the appropriate way so as to benefit them and the country as a whole. Hon Juana Smith also told them to monitor sites in their respective areas as people do mining in the name of prospecting. Mr. Sony William one of the mines monitoring officers who led the team commended the minister for his fatherly advice and for the warm reception accorded them. On behalf of his colleagues he promised the minister and the nation as a whole that they would perform their duties effectively and efficiently in the interest of the nation.