As part of its employment drive in Liberia, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) has hired three young Liberians to occupy three top managerial posts at its oil palm farm in Grand Kru County, Southeast Liberia.
The three top GVL officials include Jennifer Matthew, a registered nurse, who is to manage and operate GVL Wedabo clinic; Dave Nyema, Administrative Assistant to the GVL Grand Kru Regional Controller, and Winifred Saliboah, Finance and Control Clerk.
According to a press statement issued over the weekend from the headquarters of GVL in Monrovia, the new employment puts the total number of employees in the area at 77- four of which are managers and another set being Liberian engineers trained by GVL in Indonesia.
A release from GVL, said the move is in fulfillment of previous commitment made towards the hiring of at least 1,000 Liberians this year at both farms in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.
Currently, GVL has in its employed over 3,800 Liberians with over 64 of them occupying senior managerial positions both in Sinoe and Grand Kru, respectively.
The release quotes company Spokesman Stephen Binda as saying, management would employ over 35,000 to 40,000 Liberians during the course of its operation in the country.
In furtherance of such commitment, the company has also completed medical exercises for additional employment of 59 locals from Middle Town, Water-side and Big-Town in Po-River – Garraway Administrative District in Grand Kru.
The 59 locals will shortly be recruited following nomination by residents of Po-River Communities in keeping with a Memorandum of Understanding, incorporating Social Agreement (MOU/SA) signed on 22, August 2014 with the communities of Po-River Chiefdom in Garraway Administrative District and Golden Veroleum Liberia.
As part of the agreement, GVL agreed that as land preparation continues in the area, it would increase its employment based analysis based on available hectares enshrined in the MOU/SA of the Po-River Communities. Over 200 persons are expected to be employed in said area as ration to 3009.16 acres of land that was freely given to GVL for oil palm development by the communities.
Spanning over three years, GVL claimed it had employed close to 2,000 local Liberians in Sorroken, Wedabo and Garraway, Trehn and Wedabo/Grandcess Statutory districts.
GVL remains the largest employer in Liberia’s southeast, with wages that are five times of national average and other companies, the release quoted Binda as saying.
As part of its benefits, GVL also offers free housing, medical, education plus a 50kg unsubsidized monthly rice ration for employees, among others. Press Statement