Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) is one of the few multinational companies currently operating in Liberia in the agriculture sector. It has acquired thousands of acres in south-eastern, Liberia specifically Sinoe and Grand Kru counties, planting oil palm and employing many Liberians in that part of the country.
Besides the employment opportunities, the Indonesian company and its partners have provided Liberians with sustained training. Late last year, nine Liberians sponsored by GVL in Indonesia to study in various fields, returned to Liberia after a year of intensive studies.
Among them was Theophilus A.T. Kambo, Jr., who specialized in Electrical Engineering.
Mr. Kambo, who is a Liberian working as a cadet with Golden Veroleum has benefited from the cadet program, which is an inspirational one that will improve talented Liberians in their respective areas of discipline.
The GVL cadet program has developed more ideas relating to his (Kambo) Electrical Engineering profession, which gives him the confidence that he can now contribute to the development of Liberia through his profession.
The program has also given him more zeal and inspiration to seek excellence in his profession.
The benefit of GVL training to him is also important to the development of his beloved country, adding that as an engineer, he is inspired to contribute his skills to rebuilding the country.
The training has increased Mr. Kambo’s technical capacity and puts him in a position to learn more in the profession of electrical engineering. It has also exposed him to the world of palm oil mill construction, project management and project supervision which has added value to his skills.
Mr. Kambo applied for the GVL program in Electrical Engineer and opportunity of career advancement in September, 2012.
Having met the recruitment criteria (GVL's policies covering recruitment), he received a communication to sit an aptitude test along with other Liberian Electrical Engineers on March 12, 2013. Based on his performance in the aptitude test, the GVL cadet was selected during the vetting process by Golden Veroleum Liberia.
He considers his success as an added value because the training program also added another value to his previous credentials.
The GVL training program has increased the number of skilled Liberian youths to seven persons.
When asked what significant tasks he was able to achieve, Kambo said, "I learned new things almost every day. The most significant to date, he said, was learning supervision of electrical installations in the construction of palm oil mill."
The Indonesia trained electrical engineer had many difficulties, including the language barrier and the difference in food which he was able to cope with during his study in that country.
He also learned the principle of operating diesel generators, steam turbo alternators and other machines, overhead power lines and underground cable transmission, electrical power transmission media (electrical cables), among others.
Partnering with that Indonesia based-company (GVL) has brought to reality what he always dreamed of – to have an opportunity to further his studies. The young man used to wish to earn a Master's degree in electric power systems and today his dream has finally been realized.
Mr. Kambo, who is an experienced classroom teacher and good in interpersonal relationships, is willing to share his new skills with other GVL staff through tutorials, open discussions and mentoring.