“We the chiefs, elders, women and youth of Butaw Statutory District in Sinoe County write to officially inform you that after four years of conflict through your precarious interventions between Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and the citizens of Butaw District which destroyed the good development plan of Butaw is finally over”, reads a recent communication from Sinoe County citizens to Cllr. Alfred Brownell, head of Green Advocates.
The communication signed by 23 local officials in the county is dated October 20, 2016. The citizens said having assessed the entrance of Green Advocates in Butaw District through the unreasonable and unaccountable Abloteh Committee which the former is constantly inviting in Monrovia to make false claims against the mutual co-existing relationship between Golden VeroleumLiberia and the people of Butaw, they were no longer interested in his activities in the county, as they have allegedly hampered development plan of the district.
According to them, they are strongly optimistic of eradicating poverty and ensuring employment opportunities inButaw, as well as providing education and healthcare for their children and other infrastructure development through the palm oil industry.
The Sinoe citizens called on Mr. Brownell to do away with his unaccountable and disappointing intervention to ensure lasting peace between the peaceful citizens of Butaw and Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL).
The citizens said while they wish to congratulate Cllr. Brownell for his wasted time, they would send copies of their communication to all concerns and hence he should be reminded that their communication remains enforced.
They told Journalists recently in Sinoe County that Cllr. Brownell allegedly lied to them when he said that he would have provided Thirty Thousand United States dollars to Butaw to help the district undertake development projects, which is yet to be fulfilled.
They also threatened that if Cllr. Brownell makes any attempt to speak on their behalf concerning GVL, they will make sure he (Brownell) is arrested and prosecuted in keeping with law.
Meanwhile, the General Manager of Sustainability of Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) Mr.Flomo P. Molubah has assured Butaw citizens of GVL preparedness to sign the comprehensive development Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which would pave the way for the company to jumpstart development in Butaw.
By Emmanuel Mondaye from Greenville, Sinoe County-Editing by Jonathan Browne