Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) has rehabilitated seven hand pumps in Wilsonville and Andrewville/Nemiah Garraway Administrative District, Grand Kru County. The facilities are currently providing safe drinking water for more than 1,200 community residents.
GVL says the construction of the hand pumps in the areas is a clear manifestation of the company’s continuous commitment to ending rural poverty in Southeast Liberia.
According to a MOU signed between GVL and the people of Nemiah on July 21, 2014, the company is to construct one new hand pump and rehabilitate two for both communities, but the communities had also asked that several damaged hand pumps should be rehabilitated in addition to what was to be constructed. Currently, the wells are being chlorination and will be turned over to the communities in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Golden Veroleum Liberia has begun land preparation in Ylatwen, one of its Wedabo-Grand Cess communities as the result of an August 15, 2014 Memorandum of Understanding incorporating Social Agreement jointly signed with the communities of Gbanken and Belloken in Grand Kru County.
In a press release, GVL said ahead of the land preparation kick-off in Ylatwen, it has donated 30 modern school desks to the Gbanken-Belloken and Ylatwen Public Schools, and is expected to complete construction works on the Belloken Elementary and Junior High School.
The company assured that it remains committed to developing skills and careers of its Liberian workforce, especially those originating from concession communities, and that in further manifestation of its operations in the area, it has employed and begun heavy duty bulldozer yellow machine on-the-job training for one of the first three nominated community members Jacob Jeh, to become yellow machine operators.
GVL added that the ongoing heavy duty operator training which includes technical mechanical courses and practical exercises on bulldozers, excavator operations in a multiple environments is sought to boost the skills and build the capacities of its Liberian management operations team.
According to Peter Doe-Sumah, a recently hired Liberian human resource manager, the trainee operator will be certified and confirmed in the next few months following completion of the training, adding that he and other trainees when certified, will train other Liberians as the Company’s operations expand to other areas.
“GVL is providing these technical trainings to build the skills and careers of young Liberians to professionally and efficiently manage its operations; these advance trainings are important for the development of the company” Doe-Sumah explained.
He further disclosed that besides the newly hired heavy-duty bulldozer trainee, there are over 19 Liberians who have been certified and confirmed and are operating as heavy-duty bulldozer and excavator operators in Grand Kru.
He added that the young Liberians replaced the Indonesian operators after undergoing several months of practical on-the-job training. Press Release