In a recent tour of the newly planted oil palm area in White Plain, Dr. Toe said the investment in that sector of the Liberian economy would enhance the production of refine oil for domestic and external use in and outside of the country.
“Life after government service should be the preoccupations of ex-government officials as a form of manifestation of creating employment for Liberians across the country,” Dr. Toe said.
He also suggested that Liberians who have the financial capacity should join foreign investors to create conditions of employment in the private sector in order to alleviate unemployment challenges of the country.
“I have decided to invest in the oil palm sector due to the fact that Liberians have to fight back the capital flight of money from several sectors of the Liberian economy,” Dr. Toe said.
Dr. Toe further underscored the need for the Liberian Government to encourage Liberian entrepreneurs to consider investing in the Liberian economy.
The ex-agriculture minister said such initiative would enhance the growth and development of the nation in some stages, especially agriculture driven projects.
Dr. Toe explained that investment and boost in the production of lowland rice are critical components that would beat the huge importation of the nation’s staple food-rice in the country.
The former Ministry of Agriculture boss said that investment in the two vital sectors has created some short term employment for over 30 Liberian youths in the White Plain community in Montserrado County.
In separate interviews with some of the youth of White Plain who are beneficiaries of the oil palm project, they expressed delight about the investment.
Youth employee Franklin B. Kollie, 22, said he started working on the oil palm five months ago, payment for services has been good and on time in White Plain.
Youth Kollie also said that his financial status has considerably improved and need to migrate to Monrovia to seek employment has been alleviated at White plain in Careyburg District.
“Thank God “I’m now working on a short term basis and able to feed my parents since five months ago on oil palm project site at White Plain,” Kollie said in a happy mood.
In closing, he appealed to other Liberians to consider investment in different components of the Liberian economy in order to help the nation’s unemployed youth.
Another youth Madam Meata Flomo, 24, said working as short time employee on the oil palm has actually helped her to provide decent meals for the family and some external relatives since seven months ago at White Plain.
“Working here for the past seven months has made me to know that there is dignity in honest labor at White Plain,” Meata Said in a delightful mood.
She also called on her peer group to take advantage of the short term employment at the oil palm project at White Plain in order to enhance socio-economic conditions in Careyburg District.“I want to be very grateful for this oil palm project and pray that other Liberians could see such investment as reducing the burden of unemployment on the Liberian Government,” Madam Flomo concluded.