Citizens of Numopoh District in Sinoe County on June 16 met with members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), to dismiss claims of land grabbing and other claims made by activist groups against oil palm company Golden Veroleum Liberia.
The gathering included members of the United Nations Mission in Liberia Civil Affairs (UNMIL), Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU), and a cross section of Nomopoh district residents, including youth and women’s groups, elders, clan and paramount chiefs.
The RSPO Technical Director, Salahudin Yaacob speaking at the meeting said the mission of RSPO is to engage all stakeholders in the process of oil palm cultivation, with the goal of investigating claims against the company.
“We are not members of GVL, but rather GVL is a member of the RSPO an international organization responsible to monitor concession companies in line with internal standards. You are free to objectively give your positions through your representatives,” Yaacob, informed the locals at the meeting.
Earnest Karmoh, an elder said “We the citizens do not have any problem with GVL because they are involved in holding meeting with the youth, women to get land and expand their plantation”.
“The roads are improved, jobs created and children are supported in school. This information or complaint made to your organization by NGOs and individuals is false and intended to keep us in lasting poverty,” Rev. Fred Pennoh added.