As part of its commitment to provide safe drinking water for its host communities, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and citizens of Tarjuowon District in Sinoe County recently broke ground for the construction of an additional two new hand pumps in Wiah Town and One Way communities.
These hand pumps when completed will provide safe drinking water for more than 300 community residents. Recently, the company constructed six new hand pumps and rehabilitated over 20 in Tarjuowon while another six were rehabilitated in Butaw District for six communities which are providing safe drinking water for more than 5,000 community residents. The refurbishing of these hand pumps by the oil palm developer seeks to address the shortage of safe drinking water in these communities.
Speaking at the ceremony, women’s representative Esther Shegbeh, youth leader Shelton Que, community representative chairman Joseph Tuley, and City Mayor David Johnson lauded the management of GVL for the project and added that when completed they would be managed and used for their intended purposes.
GVL Assistant Manager for Community Affairs and Social Sustainability, Willie S.W. Chea, said the construction of the hand pumps in Tarjuowon is in fulfilment of the memorandum of understanding signed with the communities in 2013. “GVL is committed to providing these basic services to our host communities to improve their living conditions and this is one of the most economical solutions for providing a supply of drinking water in rural areas; it improves…hygiene and reduces the likelihood of locals being infected with waterborne diseases,” he said.
Article 9 of the GVL concession agreement and principles 4.4 of the Roundtable on Sustainable Oil Palm (RSPO) require that the company provides all employees and residential communities within its developed areas with clean and safe drinking water on a regular basis. GVL remains committed to improving the livelihoods of its host communities and the implementation of MOU projects, an official said.
It may be recalled that GVL and the Butaw community broke ground for the construction of a US$120,000 eight-classroom annex and a teacher’s quarters at the Butaw Junior High School for the elevation of the school to senior high school level. Also dedicated was a US$52,000 road linking Tugbeh Village to Jimmy Doe Town in Ceedor, Butaw District.