A youth of Kulu-Shaw-Boe District in Sinoe County has applauded Golden Veroleum Liberia for adhering to a high level of Free, Prior and Informed Consent or FPIC in the district. He also hailed the company for taking development to the district.
A representative of Sonnouhn Town Teah E. Barclay said GVL’s engagement with the locales on the FPIC exceeds previous companies that had operated in Tarjuowon, adding GVL management respects the rights and tradition of the Tarjuowon people.
“GVL gave us free will to decide on whatever the project demands; no fear, force, harassment, and intimidation whatsoever from anyone, unlike in the days of our fathers when companies just entered and started working in a particular community without the consent of the people”, he explained.
Barclay said he thought GVL would have started work days after it was invited to the district but it took more than six months before moving to Tarjuowon. He said the FPIC engagement with GVL was transparent, as the company shared with them every piece of document relating to its operations good or bad.
“Even before the signing of the MOU, GVL brought it to us. We had several and separate community meetings in our various communities. Apart from that, we had general meetings in Shaw David for Kulu while another was held in Unification for Plahn Nyen District. After all these meetings before we jointly signed in the statutory district headquarters Unification City”, he narrated.
Meanwhile, Barclay is calling on sons and daughters of Kulu to return home and join their kinsmen to build the district.
“If you have any differences or anything you don’t understand, come to those of us on the ground. We will together, call the company and sort it out. Please stop writing without our consent. Look, we are on the ground and we are the ones really living in abject poverty. We will never allow you to obstruct the good operations of GVL,” he said.