Gov’t Assures GVL of Maximum Protection

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The government of Liberia has assured Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), an agriculture company operating in the country, of maximum security in its concessionaire areas.

GOL also promised that the chaotic fracas that erupted in the premises of the company leading to the destruction of thousands of dollars worth of properties will not be repeated.

Few months ago, locals, especially youths, in GVL’s concessionaire areas of Butaw, Sinoe County along with some workers carried out a violent protest that led to the destruction of the company’s properties, while some of its officials as well as few other government officials were reportedly sustained injuries in the process.

This however constrained the company to layoff all of its employees; a situation that is now having adverse impacts on everyone involve with the company, especially the local employees.

The situation, therefore, compelled the government to enter into a dialogue with the company to see reasons to reinstate those affected.

But speaking with Executive Mansion reporters at the Presidential Palace in Greenville, Sinoe County on Tuesday, President Sirleaf, said the long negotiation has led the GVL management to agree and reinstate its former employees, but on a quarterly basis.

The first 50 of the layoff employees, according to President Sirleaf, has been immediately reinstated, while the rest are expected resume work “very soon.”

GVL Management has expressed concerned about their security that would prevent a recurrence of what transpired in May when their properties were destroyed and some people injured.

But the President assured them that there are plan by the government to deploy some officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in the concessional areas.

“We have assured GVL that the LNP will speed up the plan that they have prepared to implement it by working with the company to ensure that the right kind of security arrangements are set up in the various communities to protect the citizens and to protect the company,” she said.

“On the basis of that, GVL has now agreed to our request to start rehiring of our people. And the first 50 of those will be re-employed immediately as I leave Greenville. They will go back to their jobs. The re-employment will continue as we work with them to implement the security arrangement very importantly for their operations,” the President said.

She meanwhile lauded the company for accepting the government’s request and the local authority, the Internal Affairs and Labor Ministers for playing the leadership roles and the negotiation exercises that brought such fruitful result.

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