By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
Sinoe County Superintendent, J. Milton Teahjay has warned the SGS/Liberfor, Chief Operator, Jerome Laporte, a logging consultant firm in Liberia, to desist from acts that are undermining road development in South East, otherwise, he would soon face the wrath of citizens in ten days through a Presidential decision that would declare him persona non grata.
At a news conference in Monrovia over the weekend, Supt. Teahjay said the Atlantic Resources Limited, a logging company operating in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties has since approved the constructions of four major highways in Sinoe and by extension to Grand Kru County but the opportunity for these counties to have access to quality roads were being undermined by the authority of SGS.
The SGS/Liberfor boss, Supt. Teahjay maintained that his actions to hold on to findings of investigation that was concluded since April of this year was a deliberate plan to suppress citizens of Sinoe County for personal gains or interest for the Global Witness, an international watch group based in London.
He said the people of Sinoe County cannot still understand the reasons for which the SGS boss, Jerome Laporte was denying Atlantic Resources of its export permit after those reasons for which the company’s rights to export logs from Liberia was halted.
According to Supt. Teahjay, SGS has a contract with the Liberian government to carry on logging verification and the issuing of export permits to logging companies in operating Liberia, instead, the SGS boss, Jerome Laporte chose to front for Global Witness, an international rights group that he once worked for before receiving the contract from the Liberian government.
He said Liberia needs partners that would help support the government plans for development and not those with hidden plans like in the case of Jerome Laporte and the SGS now operating in the country.
Supt. Teahjay who expressed fear that as a result of the holding of Atlantic Resource permit by SGS, Atlantic Resource Management has threatened to lay off about 215 employees who are all citizens of the county and if it should happen, it may cause problems for the Liberian economy.