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GVL clarifies report regarding its Numopoh operations

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Golden Veroleum Liberia says it has clarifies the New Dawn article published on 25 November 2016 titled “GVL justifies firing of 237 Numopoh citizens”. Golden Veroleum Liberia says it has not laid down any workers recently. The company’s clarifications comes amidst recent report in the New Dawn dated November 25, it had fired 237 Numpon citizens.

“We currently employ over 3,800 people in Sinoe and Grand Kru and will continue to employ all of these workers subject to satisfactory performance,” the company said in its clarification adding “The report refers to a reorganization which took place in February this year. GVL adjusted workforce sizes in Numopoh, Kpanyan Statutory District in Sinoe to adjust the total workforce to the natural level for a farm of this size. A large number of workers had originally been recruited in anticipation of much faster growth, but the limited release of land for development in the area meant that there was insufficient work for them.”

GVL further argues that it employs 386 people in Numopoh for 1,111 hectares planted. In oil palm operations, the size and location of a workforce, the training opportunities and development projects provided are directly related to the location and area of land that a company is permitted to develop by host communities.

It said in September this year, it promoted 31 Liberians to assistant managers and into supervisory levels with increased responsibilities. The promotions within the company’s agronomy division were recognition of the hard work and commitment of those promoted. The promotions included 11 assistant managers, 20 senior field conductors, field conductors and trainee field conductors in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties.

“Over the past five years of operations, Golden Veroleum Liberia has transformed from a startup Greenfield operation to a major employer in the Liberian Southeast and is now seeking to continue its growth by developing and promoting the best Liberians. Today, Liberian senior managers run several key departments, including Administration, Legal Affairs, Compliance, Logistics, Human Resources, and operational Sustainability. Golden Veroleum Liberia will continue to develop and allow Liberians to grow in the company.” The company said.

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