MONROVIA – GVL is again inviting NGOs to sustained fieldwork and dialogue with the company and the local communities of South East Liberia. The company is today the South East’s largest employer with more than 3,600 jobs providing wages, that are five times the national average, and benefits, after signing direct agreements with more than half-a-dozen communities and clans for the development of oil palm farms. The company recognizes the Liberian communities as the true owners and decision makers of their land and therefore practices the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) principle in its engagement with all communities.
MONROVIA, Liberia (April 2, 2015) - Over 1,000 residents and business traders of Jacksonville, Tarjuowon Statutory District took to the streets this week in jubilation during a dedication of a six-kilometer road constructed by Golden Veroleum Liberia, a first of its kind in history.
The road links both Sonnuhn to Jacksonville towns, and provides a conduit for easy access for travelers emanating from surrounding communities. With smile beaming on their faces, the road project valued at over $70,000 dollars will serve Sonouhn Town, Jacksonville, Unification city, Bestnewlue and Shaw David town among others.
By David Yates
Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Varney A. Sirleaf, has said that Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and Butaw citizens in Sinoe County have finally resolved to work together. Addressing a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, Minister Sirleaf said the government was pleased with the level of collaboration between citizens and the company.
“We are very pleased with the level of intervention and progress we’ve made,” he said. “Today, we can safely say that we are on the road to settlement and more development in Sinoe.”
MONROVIA – In furtherance of Golden Veroleum Liberia’s quest towards ending rural poverty and providing long-term employment, the company has hired 60 persons in its Grand Kru development area.
The new employees all of whom hail from Po-River-Garraway administrative district, were employed as a result of the Aug. 22, 2014 memorandum of understanding and incorporating social agreement (MOU) signed between the company and local citizens.
MONROVIA – Golden Veroleum Liberia, also known as GVL, recently hired New Democrat journalist Stephen S. Binda, as its new spokesman to be based in Monrovia. Taking up his duties March 17, 2015, Binda will serve as the point person on local media and communications matters for the oil palm company.
SINOE COUNTY, Liberia - Golden Veroleum Liberia has constructed and dedicated two hand pumps in Kabada, Kpanyan Statutory District, March 12, 2015. The project seeks to provide safe drinking water to more 400-community residents. The hand pumps are in addition to two already rehabilitated by the company.
SINOE COUNTY, Liberia - Bannah Worteh and Du-Wolee Nyenue Townships on 12 March 2015 signed a resolution to put an end to existing boundary dispute between the two townships and agreeing to development in both areas in partnership with Golden Veroleum Liberia. The decision was reached at the end of a three-day meeting facilitated by Deputy Minister for Administration, Varney Sirleaf, of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Assistant Minister of Labor, Nathaniel Cisco.
SINOE COUNTY, Liberia - The Golden Veroleum Liberia Social Sustainability and Community Affairs Departments have begun the installation of several community identification signboards in Tarjuowon Statutory District in Sinoe.
The community identification signboards being produced by GVL have been planted along the roadside of Jacksonville, Grebo Quarter, Sammue, Karpu, Pajibo, Nyenfueh, News, Wiah, Bioh, Saywon, Dorwon, Unification City, Sonouhn, Bestnewlue, Skarkpeh, ENI, Tugbah, Pobleh, Shaw-David, Shaw-Boe towns and the Joseph Teah, Noah Hansford Village by its Community Affairs Team and the Unification City Corporation.
SINOE COUNTY, Liberia (Feb 26, 2015) – Butaw community citizens and Golden Veroleum Liberia recently came to an agreement on a way forward maximize development and increase employment in the area, after nearly three years of ongoing negotiation.
The agreement, brokered by, community groups Abloteh and the Butaw Youth Association sets out a new timeline for specific activities to be conducted by Golden Veroleum, the Butaw citizens and non-governmental organizations. Under the terms of the agreement Butaw land will surveyed, tentatively scheduled for the later part of March 2015, along with a review of The Forest Trust assessment report, conducting an Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process in targeted communities, a withdrawal of the 2012 complaint against GVL by the community and the drafting and signing of a new memorandum of understanding between the community and GVL, to take place later in the year.
1. Greenpeace has published a report on 22 December 2014, titled "Golden Agri Resources (GAR), A progress report." This references GVL, in whom GAR is principal investor, and in which Greenpeace presents its views on GVL's operations.