Green Gold Liberia, a sustainable, ecologically friendly fuel source company has expressed the interest to team up with Bomi County Community College (BCCC) to let agriculture students train in the dependable supply of biomass for bio-briquette production to replace tree charcoal as energy source for household and commercial consumption.
Presenting two laptop computers to Dr. Zobong Norman, President of BCCC yesterday at Green Gold’s headquarters in VOA, outside Monrovia, Mr. Morris Dougba, sales and marketing manager said the modest donation is to demonstrate his company’s willingness to partner with BCCC.
“We intend to establish a sustainable, economically friendly fuel source by utilizing biomass items, such as corn cobs, sugarcane, peanut shells, coconut husk, rice husk and waste by-products from beer refinery and palm oil industry, to make bio-briquettes,” Dougba said.
He said the effort is to protect the environment by reducing the excessive use of charcoal and firewood, “and to provide education to rural communities to use more environment-friendly energy that would be produced by Green Gold Liberia.”
Mr. Dougba said his company expects to begin production of affordable coal from cassava peels, coconut husk, rice husk, among other waste products, next week. He noted that the product from his company will have longer burning time, cheaper, faster cooking, ecological friendly and will be sustainable in three pillars.
“These are in the areas of social impact, the environment and the economy and can also be used to create new jobs in rural areas as well as training households and craftsmen, particularly youth and women to use the renewable energy source,” he stated.
Dougba added that his company will also manufacture improved stoves and produce reusable bags.
“We’ll also partner with communal farms to provide jobs, training and development of agriculture and ensure adequate and dependable supply of biomass for bio-briquette production and consumption,” he said.
Dougba said twelve women in the VOA community will gain employment and be trained initially, since the company will eventually develop communal micro businesses to help in the marketing of coals produced by Green Gold Limited.
Responding, BCCC President Norman expressed Bomi County’s appreciation for the partnership that would provide education for agriculture students into a new discipline as the knowledge will contribute to their social development through the creation of new jobs for them.
“My administration is also grateful for your donation of the two lap top computers and the partnership deal that would help our agriculture students gain increased knowledge,” he stated.
It may be recalled that BCCC, through Plan International, recently held a three-day climate change seminar for agriculture students at the college’s campus in Tubmanburg. Among other sectors examined included agriculture, lands, mines and energy, meteorology/hydrology, forestry, health and fisheries.
In a related development, President Norman commended the United States Embassy, near Monrovia for the donation of a DELL laptop Precision M48000 with bag to be used by the BCCC.
“We are grateful to all our donors in our determination to provide a healthy learning environment for our students and therefore we say thank you,” Dr. Norman said.