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 Latest News » Lands, Mines And Energy Minister Gets Tough - As Government Ban Beach Sand

Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo has vowed to arrest and prosecute anyone violating government’s recent ban placed on beach sand mining in and around Monrovia.

The long history of beach sand mining within the limits of our shore front cities has left its marks in the form of beach erosion, shoreline recession, and the destruction of land, property and other historic landmarks.

There are several other places affected by beach erosion. The most affected ones being the OAU (Hotel Africa), New Kru Town, West Point, Banjor, and 24 Street Sinkor. For many individuals within our society, beach sand is so common and apparently volumnous that it is extracted from almost anywhere. This arbitrary extraction of beach sand is detrimental and has cause destruction to properties, the environment as well as human lives.

As beach erosion problem along the coast of Liberia has now claimed the attention of policy makers and environmentalists, it has become necessary to control the situation. In order to do this, the Government of Liberia has ordered the closure of all beach sand mining sites in and around Monrovia.

Recognizing the imminent threat to investment, properties and human lives within affected localities, practical measures has been taken by government to minimize the situation. Some of these measures include reverting from beach sand mining to river sand mining which is intended to reduce the problems of beach erosion along shorelines.

Recently, Minister Patrick Sendolo along with other technicians from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and officers of the Liberia National Police tour several beach sand mining sites around Monrovia, and arrested violators of ban. Minister vowed to regularly inspect beaches around Monrovia and anyone caught mining on the beach will be arrested and prosecuted.

Meanwhile, Minister Sendolo has called on all individuals interested in the sand mining business to revert to River sand. He said river sand has far less salt content and used worldwide for construction and other purposes. 
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