MONROVIA - Golden Veroleum Liberia on 29 January 2016, dedicated a six classroom elementary school in Tarjuowon Statutory District; the first of its kind since the creation of the community. Named Shaw David Quick Impact Elementary School, the facility will host over 300 students, who once sought learning under mix-shift structure. In discussing its investment in the school, the company said the project is in line with its commitment to positively change the lives of communities in which it operates.

GVL said its efforts are not only commercially based, but also to give back to communities the opportunity to grow and develop. At the turning-over event, GVL General Manager for Human Resources, Eric Goll called on citizens and children of school-going ages to take advantage of the opportunity afforded them and use the facility for its intended purpose.

MONROVIA - Golden Veroleum Liberia has received a ship consignment of mill materials for the construction of its modern palm oil plant in Liberia. Valued at US$30 million, the 24 months plant project will see fresh fruit bunches process into use products.

The mini mill will process 5 tons per hour and at full capacity, the main mill will eventually process 80 tons per hour, GVL said in a statement. With a bulking station at Greenville port in Sinoe County, GVL spokesman Stephen Binda said the arrival of the equipment presents a new dawn for the country’s palm oil industry following the country’s Ebola crisis.

SINOE COUNTY, Liberia - The Senior Vice President for Operations at Golden Veroleum Liberia, Vigy Ponnudurai, has committed 10 university scholarships to qualified high school graduates originating from the Tartweh-Drapoh community of Kpanyan Statutory District in Sinoe to attend the agriculture college of United Methodist University located in Gbason Town, Juarzon Statutory District, Sinoe County.

Butaw Citizens Withdraw Complaint Against GVL
Inquirer, 7 Oct 2015
By Jefferson D. Tweh

MONROVIA - The Butaw Welfare and Development Association (BWDA) of Butaw District, Sinoe County has officially withdrawn the letter of complaint that was lodged against Golden Veroleum Liberia Incorporated in 2012 which resulted into imposing sanctions on GVL operations in Butaw District since 2012.

In their of withdrawal, the group said, "In furtherance to this, we the complainants with the consensus agreement of the entire citizenry of Butaw District and or Abloteh and or Butaw citizens, do hereby withdraw this complaint previously submitted by the Butaw communities to the Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) against GVL and specifically referring to the complaint submitted by the communities of Greenville, Kpanyan and Butaw District of Sinoe County through Green Advocates on 3rd October, 2012," the citizens stated.

MONROVIA – The recent final decision issued by the Complaints Panel of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil has been welcomed by Golden Veroleum Liberia. 

The final decision, dated Sept. 19th, 2015, identified complaints made to the organization, which had been investigated by the RSPO Complaints panel. Included in the report are clarifications on the GVL Concession Agreement, employment, Free Prior and Informed Consent, employment of former combatants, crop compensations, etc.

“We thank RSPO for many months of looking into all the details surrounding these complaints and coming up with what they have noted to be evidence-based decisions,” said Stephen Binda, GVL Spokesperson.

MONROVIA - Golden Veroleum Liberia will restructure its work force in Butaw, Sinoe County. The restructuring will impact approximately 330 employees and size the GVL Butaw farm to a level appropriate to the scale of land under development.  In oil palm operations, the size and location of a workforce and the training opportunities provided are directly related to the location and area of land that a company is permitted to develop by host communities. 

The Ministry of Labour, other Government Ministries and the Workers’ Union, GOVAWUL have been duly informed. 

 

MONROVIA - On September 10, 2015, The GVL School in Butaw received 13 laptops from Innovative Education Liberia’s (IEL) Samuel Morris Scholars Program, an international charity organization committed to improving education in Liberia. Partnering with GVL since 2014, the organization launched its computer-based learning program targeting over 700 schools, three universities, 2,800 teachers and 135,000 students.

The Samuel Morris Scholars program is named in honored of a Liberian prince, from what is now Sinoe County, who made his way to the United States and studied at the then faltering Taylor University in Indiana. The prince, whose birth name was Kaboo (1873-1893), left Liberia in 1891. At the time Taylor University was on the verge of bankruptcy. According to University staff Morris’ life, once written and published in book form sold enough copies to keep the University afloat.

MONROVIA – Oil palm developer Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and NGO Building Markets have partnered to bring occupational skills training to the rural Liberian areas of Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties. Building Markets is providing training to local residents to equip them to take advantage of employment opportunities with GVL or other extractive firms and large companies, or within these companies’ supply chains.

The training partnership initially will include local programs for media personnel and carpenters, but may be expanded in the future depending on needs of the company and budget approvals. Building Markets implements these programs as part of its Humanity United-funded Supplier Diversity Project (SDP). SDP aims to decrease the potential for violence in communities where extractive firms operate by providing the skills necessary to integrate small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individuals into extractive supply chains.

Monrovia - Golden Veroleum Liberia extends its appreciation to the Independent National Commission on Human Rights for the investigation into the cause of the May 26th, disturbance at its Butaw Estate in Sinoe County. During the investigation the INCHR representatives interviewed community residents, GVL staff and individuals involved in the disturbance.

INCHR in its report concluded certain findings, however, certain information appears to have been excluded. According to the report On Sunday, May 24, 2015, the Butaw Youth Association addressed a letter to a visiting GVL investor requesting an immediate meeting.

The initial letter was received from BYA was dated May 24, 2015. GVL responded the same day indicating that senior management was in the midst of an internal workshop and requested that the meeting be postponed for a later date.

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