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Lack Of Safety Measures Caused Explosion At LAC

The government of Liberia has confirmed its preparedness to address the request made by the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) following an explosion in the company’s compound where some employees lost their lives while others sustained serious injuries.

The government had a mandate to investigate the cause of the incident and to that; Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh attributed the cause of the explosion to employees’ failure to apply the basic safety rules.

It was reported that a boiling water tank in the rubber processing factory exploded while employees were on duty something that led to 17 employees of the entity sustaining severe burns from the explosion.

The horrific incident in District#3 of Grand Bassa County caused the death of several of the victims for which the company was called upon to take immediate action in ensuring that those who sustained injuries be given proper treatment and that families of those who lost their lives also be catered to properly by the Management of LAC.

The LAC management met with the victim’s families, the government including the county legislative caucus, former Pro-temp, Gbezohngar Findley and designated government officials and held several discussions with government shouldering the responsibility to ensure that future occurrences are curtailed as a sign of good governance.

In other news made by Justice Minister Sannoh at the Wednesday Press briefing held at the Information Ministry yesterday also he said the UNMIL drawdown is critical as Liberia has to get prepared to resume its security role in June, 2016.

Minister Sannoh said the drawdown plan has already been approved by the Liberian government through its National Security Council chaired by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and forwarded to the United National Security Council.

He said some of the disadvantages of the plan is that it has huge collateral impact as the presence of UNMIL in the country has encouraged job opportunities and foreign investments thereby exposing training needs for key players as well as infrastructural needs noting that Liberia has 144 border entry points.

He named salary as another major issue that must be dealt with because in order to revamp an economy and sustain quality healthcare, security must be a motivating force therefore government should strengthen the Justice and rule of law sector by making them a priority in its drawdown plan.



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