Speaking at an extraordinary session of the Oriental regional council, which was devoted to the socio-economic situation in the province of Jerada, El Jamai stressed that the emergency plan interacts with the demands of the local population, noting that other measures will be taken, in the medium and long term, to provide an efficient economic alternative and promote the upgrading of the region.
Emergency measures are related to water and electricity bills, employment, the implementation of the social agreement concluded following the closure of Charbonnages du Maroc (CDM), the exploitation of underground coal wells and the degradation of the environment, he said.
Among these measures, he stressed the importance given to the settlement of the situation of operators who work in an anarchic way in coal pits with a view to improving their working conditions and ensuring their safety and security.
El Jamai underlined the importance of controlling exploitation permits and respecting the rules and laws in force and of conducting a study on security at the old mines in the communes of Sidi Boubker and Touisset.
He also stressed the need to speed up the establishment of a geological map to define the mineral potential of the province.
Among the actions included in the emergency plan, the Council of the Oriental region has allocated four million dirhams for the launch of a closure operation of abandoned coal pits, the Wali added.
Regarding energy and electricity, a fifth production unit will be set up at Jerada’s thermal station, in addition to a new solar thermal station in Ain Beni Mathar, he said, adding that priority in terms of employment at the 4th unit of Jerada Station, which is completed, as well as in the 5th unit will be given to young people from the province who will benefit from training sessions in this field.
A contract will be signed with the National Office of Electricity to provide jobs in the fields of transport, coal, security and other subcontracting activities, within the framework of the regulations in force, El Jamai pointed out.
The plan also includes the integration of the province’s youth in national industrial clusters (Kenitra and Tangier) and the registration of more than 500 women from the province for seasonal work in southern Spain, he said.
Regarding the social agreement, signed following the closure of Jerada mine in 1998, it was decided to lift the precautionary seizure of the immovable property of the Charbonnages du Maroc (CDM) to ease the sale of some 325 housing units, he added.
In the area of environment and sustainable development, a particular interest is given to the problem of mining waste, he said.
In the health sector, El Jamai noted the acquisition by ONEE of two ambulances and the organization of medical campaigns for coal miners and their families.
Several meetings were recently organized in Jerada by the minister of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development and the Wali of the Oriental region with representatives of political parties, the civil society, trade unions and the province youth.