As part of its commitment to provide safe drinking water for its host communities, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and citizens of Tarjuowon District in Sinoe County on Wednesday 9 July 2017 broke grounds for the construction of additional two new hand pumps in Wiah town and One Way communities.
These facilities when completed will provide safe drinking water for more than 300 community residents. Recently, the company constructed six new hand pumps and rehabilitated over 20 in Tarjuowon while another six were rehabilitated and turned over in Butaw District for six communities which are currently providing safe drinking water for more than 5000 community residents in Butaw and Tarjuowon Districts.
The refurbishing of these hand pumps by the oil palm developer seeks to address the shortages of safe drinking water in these communities and is a clear manifestation of the company’s continuous commitment to ending rural poverty in Southeast Liberia.
Speaking at a brief ground breaking ceremony, women representative Esther Shegbeh, youth leader Shelton Que, Joseph Tuley-Chairman, community representative committee, and City Mayor Hon.David Johnson expressed their enthusiasm and lauded the Management of GVL for the project and pledged that the facilities when completed will be properly managed and used for its intended purpose
GVL Assistant Manager for Community Affairs and Social Sustainability, Willie S.W. Chea said the construction of these hand pumps in Tarjuowon is in fulfillment of the memorandum of understanding signed with the communities in 2013 and GVL continues commitments to provide safe drinking water for its host communities. “GVL is committed to providing these basic services to our host communities to improve their living conditions. This is one of the most economical and simple solutions for providing a collective supply of drinking water in rural areas; it improves the conditions of hygiene and reduces the likelihoods of locals being infected with waterborne diseases. “He said.
Article 9 of the GVL concession agreement and principles 4.4 of the Roundtable on Sustainable Oil Palm (RSPO), requires the company to ensure all employees and residential communities within its developed areas are supplied on a regular basis with clean and safe drinking water as a practice of modern oil palm industry standards.
GVL remains committed to improving the livelyhoods ot its host communities and the implementation of MOU projects. it can be re-called that GVL and the Butaw community jointly broken grounds for the construction of US$120,000 eight classroom annex and a teacher quarter at the Butaw Junior High School for the elevation of the school to senior secondary high School level and dedicated a US$ 52,000 raod linking Tugbeh village to Jimmy Doe Town in Ceedor, Butaw District, Sinoe county