Bassa Citizens Decry Malpractices at Palm Bay

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The youth and other prominent citizens of Kporgbahn  Statutory District  No. Four, in Grand Bassa County have decried what they claimed as bad labor and other evil practices at the Equatorial Palm Oil company, commonly called Palm Bay operating in the district.

The citizens are demanding the termination of the  senior assistant estate four manager,  David Woah, and his four supervisors, Emmanuel Bouyu; Allen Togba, Alphanso Gargar and one Marshall, for their alleged  involved in the said malpractices .

According to a communication dated August 15’ 2014, under the signatures of the president of the District Youth, Isaac Gartaryon and 23 others including religious leaders,  women, students and community leaders, elders, and the head of the business community in the district, the company’s personnel in  question have reportedly indulged in tribalism, discrimination against other workers of the EPO and the other citizens. 

The document also accuses these employees of  marginalization of workers, illegal dismissal or workers, issuance of threats against workers and the denial of contracts rights of citizens and residents with valid contract licenses.

Other counts against the accused include illegal payroll deduction, wrongful registration of overtime, the introduction of of ‘zoebayoo’ society from Nimba County  only identified Prince. The complainants further cite other brutal, unfair and illegal practices against and citizens.  The accusers said they can provide evidence to all of these allegations.

“Because of these above mentioned reasons we are giving the EPO management  a 15-day ultimatum to take Mr.Woah and his men in question out of the plantation for perpetually permeating injustice against the workers and citizens who are not part of their tribesmen and their  clandestinely harmful society-Zeobayoo.  The accused are  also subjecting our people to harsh working condition and long hour works without compensation’ the communication emphatically spelled out.

The citizezns anticipate the cooperation and consideration of EPO management in the matter at bar, promising to provide more information if there is no positive result within the 15-day ultimatum.

When recently contacted via cell phone for his side of the story, Mr. Woah, he confirmed knowledge about the communication, but said he and his men have not been served copy of the complaint. “I cannot comment now until the proper time,” he told our reporter.

When also contacted, the EPO Government Liaison Manager, Rev. Wisseh-Weah Bestman,  acknowledged receipt of the citizens’ communication dated on August 15, 2014. He expressed EPO’s grave concern about the communication and their allegations. 

He said an internal interrogation is expected to commence shortly.

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