Citizens of Garraway Administrative District in Grand Kru County have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) for oil palm development.
The MOU was signed on Tuesday, April 15, in Garraway district. The signing was attended by nearly 500 citizens of the district, the communication specialist of GVL, Virgil Magee, has disclosed.
According to the MOU, GVL will construct schools, clinics, hand pumps, houses, rehabilitate roads, and create employment opportunities among other things, to improve the living conditions of the people.
With consultations and community engagements, GVL would operate on approximately 1,870 hectares (or approximately 4,621 acres), according to the MOU.
In a brief remark prior to signing the MOU, Elder Moses G. Hne, of Weteken district assured GVL of their commitment to work together.
“We the people of this area have worked together with GVL over the past months and have agreed word-for-word to everything included in this MOU that we are signing today. The company did not force us; we decided on our own,” he said.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Youth Leader of Garraway, Alex Badio, who said, “The people represented in this paper do not exclude our women, elders, children or the youth. We agreed to this MOU wholeheartedly, because we helped to put most of the things in it,” he said.
For his part, GVL Community Affairs and Social Sustainability Manager in Grand Kru County, Ofori Lartey, said, “The MOU meets the consent of both parties. All the items herein were fully discussed by GVL and Garraway citizens. Therefore, GVL is committed to implementing them accordingly. Today’s ceremony affirms all prior discussions we have had with the people of Garraway District in the past,” he confirmed.
Augustine Nugba, the Acting Superintendent and Senior Inspector of Grand Kru County, also spoke at the meeting.
He expressed joy over the citizens’ decision to invite GVL for oil palm development, which, according to him, will result in the provision of basic social services and employment opportunities.
“Several months ago, we as county officials saw this as a good chance to develop this area; so we decided to work with GVL,” Nugba said.