Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) Inc. says a recent report linking the company to land grabbing, harmful environmental impacts and cultural desecration is inaccurate and misleading.
In a press release, GVL explains that it signed a Concession Agreement with the Government of Liberia to develop oil palm and has nothing to do with mining as reported.
Furthermore, Management notes that GVL’s Concession Agreement requires that it ensures that any development is done following a process of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) with affected communities.
It says all of GVL’s developments are done in areas where there are agreements with communities, and also has a process where community members can raise grievances pertaining to its activities where the company is required to investigate and respond to any grievance.
Meanwhile, GVL says it welcomes community members who have raised the claims as reported to contact Management for full investigation.
According to GVL, the Daily Observer in its October 6th edition captioned “Affected Women Plead for Gov’t Protection Against Mining Companies” in which it accused the company of land grabbing, harmful environmental impacts, and cultural desecration.