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ArcelorMittal certifies first professional locomotive drivers in post-war Liberia

ArcelorMittal Liberia recently handed out certificates to four Liberian locomotive drivers, the first group of certified locomotive drivers in post-war Liberia.

The four professionals join the ranks of 14 other drivers transporting iron ore from the ArcelorMittal Liberia mine at Mount Tokadeh in Nimba County to the Buchanan iron ore port in Grand Bassa County.

“They all performed at over 90% in their test results,” explained railway manager, Alexandre Guedes. “The feedback from their teachers, supervisors and coaches is great. Their engagement during training, the responsibility they showed with regards to their roles in our operation, and their passion for the work is really wonderful. Their training lasted for 18 months and I am pleased to announce that they are ready to operate as locomotive drivers,” he said.

The journey started when ArcelorMittal Liberia launched a call for applications, looking within for personnel to man this essential part of its operations. Hundreds of applications came from the various departments, from which 22 Liberians were chosen for further training. At the end of the rigorous tests of aptitude, physical, and mental stamina, five were chosen to embark on the journey to be certified as locomotive operators - four of which have now fulfilled their ambition.

For ArcelorMittal Liberia CEO Antonio Carlos Maria, these four men are a clear example of the company’s successful liberianisation plan, which seeks to transfer skills to nationals: “They are the first group, and more will come after them. Our aim is to ensure that Liberians play a significant role in the company achieving its production target every year by being part of the team that carries our vision”.

Image top: Liberia's first Liberian main line locomotive operators with ArcelorMittal Liberia CEO Antonio Carlos Maria.
Image bottom: Labor Minister Neto Lighe receoves Liberia's first Liberian main line locomotive operators at certification ceremony.

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