A press release from a group of young people calling itself the “Bataw Youth Association” from Bataw District, Sinoe County has denied media reports of a demonstration planned by its members to stop Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) from operating in their county.
According to the release, it was reported recently in both two local dailies that youths in Butaw District were planning to demonstrate against GVL operations. The articles in both papers disclosed the youth were threatening to call on government to suspend GVL activities because the company was not committed to the concession agreement signed with the Liberian Government.
The release stated that at a recent press conference, the spokesperson of the youth group, Chea Blamoh, described the report as false and misleading without an iota of truth.
Blamoh explained through the release, “We the executives and members of Butaw Youth Association were not only dismayed by the reports from the two local dailies, but also disappointed in the reporters and editors of these newspapers for not having the second thought of contacting us for confirmation of such news before publication. Today, we have come to inform the people of Liberia that no member of Butaw Youth Association has and ever will plan to demonstrate; not to mention stop the operations of GVL in Butaw or anywhere in Sinoe,”
“Our leadership wants to clearly state that those quoted in the report (Stanley Nimey and Edward Tarpeh) did not attend the meeting with Cllr. Brownell and are neither member of the Butaw Youth Association nor are they residents of Butaw.” Mr. Blamoh asserted in the release.
It further explained that during the meeting with Cllr. Brownell on December 18, 2013, he told the gathering that the youth of Butaw would engage the management of GVL to provide a response to Cllr. Brownell’s version of the draft MOU within seven days. It added that Blamoh’s statement at the time was as a result of Cllr. Alfred Brownell saying that GVL failed to respond to his version of the proposed MOU, something he labeled as the cause of delays in the negotiation process.
“Though, we had an issue or two with GVL in the past due to an information gap between us and the company, we have come to understand what we did not know previously. Therefore, we are willing to give GVL more land for the expansion of its operation in Butaw,” said the release furthering Blamoh’s statement.