And then there are those pesky kidnappings. Two years ago in Niger, thugs nabbed 7 workers helping to build a massive uranium mine under construction by French nuclear company Areva in the town of Imourarene in the north central region. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility. Four of the hostages remain in captivity; three are free.
The unfortunate events have helped pushed back the mine's originally planned 2012 production startup to an uncertain 2013 or 2014. So has a labor dispute.
As Reuters reports, the government is telling Areva to get cracking. "The deadline for finishing civil engineering on the site must be strictly met," Niger Mines Minister Omar Hamidou Tchiana said on state television, according to the article. "It is out of the question for Niger to endorse a company that is unable to honor its commitments."
He did not specify a sanction.
Oh come on Areva. I suppose the dog ate your homework, too?