Citizens of Maryland County have lauded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her recent call on the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation to construct a palm products processing factory in the county to export finished products.
Currently, palm heads harvested on the plantation are taken to neighboring Ivory Coast for processing instead of in Liberia where it is grown. At the same time, cross section of citizens interviewed said, they want government to also probe alleged bad labor practices by the company.
They however lauded the President for elevating the Tubman Technical College to a full university as well as the ongoing Harper-Karloken road pavement, electricity that the county now enjoys, and construction of chief compounds, among others as developmental projects that the people of Maryland will always remember her for.
The Marylanders maintained that Tubman University is a complete asset for the entire south eastern region that is currently hosting students from all 15 political sub-divisions of Liberia, and foreigners from neighboring Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea and Sierra Leone, respectively, among others.
During a recent tour to the southeast, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf mandated the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation to build a factory to process palm products here. Speaking at a well-attended town hall meeting in Barriken, the Liberian leader said she would review the company’s concession agreement to ensure that its lives up to terms of the agreement.
President Sirleaf noted that Liberia was taking on an industrial path and needs to engage in the production of palm products since the country was already growing the crops.
She said construction of such factory particularly, in Maryland would create job opportunities for citizens and promote a positive image of the country abroad.
With less than eight months to leave office, the Liberian leader disclosed that call for the construction of a palm products processing factory in Maryland is one of her unfinished business.
By George K. Momo from Maryland-Editing by Jonathan Browne