A female classroom teacher in Tarjuowon District, Sinoe County has been praising Golden Veroleum Liberia operations in the area for the transformation taking place since the arrival of the company.
Speaking at a retreat organized by the Tarjuowon National Congress or TNC and The Tarjuowon people Association or TAPA in Unification City to allow GVL provide updates on ongoing activities related to its operations in the Tarjuowon District, Madam Mildred Cambell Wiah, an instructor of the J. Milton Teahjay High School in Tarjuowon said the presence of GVL in the District has brought significant change to the community.
She cited the employment of community citizens, road rehabilitation/ construction, rehabilitation and construction of schools, latrines, and hand pumps among others as some the basic social benefits citizens are enjoying from the oil palm developer. “We Thanked God for the presence of GVL in Tarjuowon and Sinoe, today there are lot of changes in Tarjuowon since the company came, new roads are built, they have rehabilitated lot of roads, hand pumps to have access to safe drinking water, latrines, schools and lot of good things. “She said.
Madam Wiah Said people who were unable to build houses are now constructing lot of zinc houses because they are gainfully employed with GVL. “Today you see people who never had the opportunity to build are now building new houses with zinc because GVL employed them, this is wonderful.
She told the gathering that prior to the coming of GVL in Tarjuowon, she was the bread winner in her home as she was the only person employed with Government but today her husband is an employee of GVL, something she described as plus in their lives and has enable them to build two houses and improved their living conditions. “Before GVL came to Tarjuowon, I was the only in my family working with government as a teacher, it wasn’t really easy paying children’s school fees and feeding the houses at the same time but today, with the presence of GVL, my husband now is gainfully employed and we have built two houses, our lives have changed, we praise God for GVL. Madred Cambell Weah told residents in a remark.
Golden Veroleum Liberia and the people of Tarjuowon signed a memorandum of understanding on 9 November 2013 which commits the company to employ community residents, construct and rehabilitate roads, schools, hand pumps, latrines and other social benefits, to date, GVL has employed over 900 community residents at its Tarjuowon farms
In Liberia, GVL has employed over 3600 Liberians with more than 70 in Managerial positions and constructing over 600 housing units for its workers in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties in fulfillment of the concession agreement signed with the government of Liberia. Press release