Golden Veroleum Liberia is constructing a road in Grandcess/Wedabo Statutory District in Grand Kru County, which directly connects Gbanken to Zoloken and Ylatwen,
The 2.35km road is expected to benefit over 2,000 local residents and businesses in the area by providing easy access for community residents and promoting the free flow of goods and services.
It will bring relief to over six communities that for several years have been using bush roads and walking through swamps. Upon completion, it will also serve Juduken and Ylatwen towns.
Golden Veroleum Community Affairs Officer for Social Sustainability, Blanyon Himmie, indicated that the project is part of GVL’s ongoing efforts to coordinate development initiatives with local communities.
“We envision ourselves as part of the local communities and GVL is committed to improving and providing road accessibility to communities in which we operate,” said Himmie. “We are committed to improving and developing our local communities by bringing long-term prosperity which we hope will help eradicate or minimize rural poverty in the Liberia.”
Recognizing the road initiative by GVL, Wedabo Paramount Chief Peter Newon praised GVL for the road, describing it as the first of its kind.
“When we invited and accepted GVL to develop our land, we knew that our lives were certainly going to change. Today we can boast of modern schools for our children, safe drinking water, new roads and most importantly employment of our citizens,” said Paramount Chief Newon,”
On December 17, 2013, GVL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the citizens of Zoloken- Grandcess/Wedabo District to include the construction and improvement of roads and bridges to the direct benefit of the communities.
To date the company has rehabilitated and constructed several feeder roads in Grand Kru, including the road linking Ylatwen to Beloken, Po-River Middle Town to Weteken, Waterside Weteken and Big Town to Weteken, a GVL press release said.