The National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) has ended a three-day dialogue with affected concession communities in Maryland County. Speaking in an interview with this paper in Pleebo Sodoken Statutory District, Deputy Director General, Attorney Ramsey Kumbayah said, the dialogue was intended to access progress made by the Maryland Oil Plantation and the Cavalla Rubber Corporation, two concession companies in the county to know their current status.
He said though the concessions are doing well in terms of providing job opportunities for the people of Maryland, they have identified several areas that need improvement.
Attorney Kumbayah disclosed that during the dialogue, affected community members identified lack of school for their children in the Maryland Oil Plantation (MOPP), and serious pollution of their communities by the Cavalla Rubber Corporation (CRC).
The three days dialogue was held in Gedetarbo, Gbolobo Kiken, and New Sodoken, respectively over the weekend. The NBC Deputy Director General said his entity wants to create an environment in which affected concession communities across the country could meet to discuss common problems.
He says this would enable the NBC to intervene and ensure that concession companies across the country work in the interest of citizens living in their areas of operation.Also speaking in Pleebo, residents of affected communities lauded the National Bureau of Concessions for the initiative, which he described as a good beginning, which if continued, would better their lives.
By George K. Momo/ Maryland-Editing by Jonathan Browne