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SDPL willing to comply with recommendations

The Management of Sime Darby expresses its willingness to comply with recent recommendations by members of the House of Representatives.

Speaker before lawmakers Tuesday at the Capitol during hearing the head of operations at Sime Darby Ali Kamal, said management is willing to comply with all 15-count recommendations one by one in line with timetable provided.

The House issued three ultimatums to the company, ranging from one month to a year to improve its basic services, operations and tackle claims of bad labor practices or else, risks contempt.

Among others, the lawmakers recommend that Sime Darby installs pipe-borne water and constructs latrines at school campuses, camp sites and other places in the plantation within 30 days as well as hire qualified Liberians to occupy senior managerial posts in three months, respectively.
They also want the company to remove and replace asbestos roofing sheets; provide healthcare for family members of all contractors, and that salary of teachers, nurses, security officers and all other professional staff be corresponding with their qualifications and positions, including equipping science laboratory and library of school operated by SDPL, among other in a year.

At the same time Montserrado County Representative Saah Joseph, wants Sime Darby to take care of the health needs John Davies, who was videotaped being toured for allegedly stealing a palm bunch in the company’s plantation.

The victim told reporters that since the incident, he has been feeling pain. For his part, the Director General for the National Bureau of Concession Gregory Coleman says he would work with SDPL Management in ensuring ity complies accordingly.

By Bridgett Milton-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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