The Grand Bassa County Association in the Americas, Inc., categorically, and without hesitation CONDEMNS the evil and calculated attack on the Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO) commonly called, Palm Bay Corporation in our beloved Grand Bassa.
In a press release signed by its president, Jerome Z. Gayman, the Grand Bassa County Association in the Americas when the Liberian civil war came to an end, Liberians from all walks of life agreed and bid farewell to violence and the wanton destruction of Liberia. Hence, we embraced Democracy and its cardinal principals: Rule of Law and order.
The Association is calling on the Ellen Johnson Administration to vigorously investigate, arrest and persecute the perpetrator(s) of this callous act, noting that the bellicosity of this act is alien to our being, and the Bassa culture.
The Grand Bassa County Association's shock is based in fact, that this act is TERRORISM; and at the core of this sinister motive is to rain terror, which is asymmetrical to everything Bassa. Therefore, we call on all of our religious institutions, civic societies, sororities. Fraternities and political (especially elected officials) leaders to stand united and put this act of terrorism in the trash bin of denunciation.
Grand Bassa County Association in the Americas said anything short of the total rejection of this industrial terrorism will mean consent, which will send the wrong message to our foreign investors that Bassa, in particular and Liberia in general are not safe and not business friendly.
“We strongly suggest that all grievances be addressed through direct dialog and compromise(s), the association stressed.
At the same time, Grand Bassa County Association in the Americas is also calling on The U.S. Government, through its Embassy in Monrovia, the European Union and the United Nations to assist the Liberian government, where needed in bringing these terrorists to book.
Accordingly, the Liberian Government, through Foreign Minister, Kpehe Ngafuan, stated in his most recent interview "…The Liberia of 10 years ago is a far cry from Liberia today, and we have to update investors and governments, because evidently, the images from our war were traumatizing. If people remember those images, they are afraid to come to Liberia…"
The Grand Bassa County Association in the Americas said let it be known that the Grand Bassa County Association in the Americas, Inc. believes and supports, in principle, the cornerstones of the vision of "development diplomacy and economic diplomacy" agenda of the Liberian Government. Imperfect as this administration is, and as will be the case with every and all previous and subsequent administrations, we frown on and detest TERROR as a means of settling disputes.
“Economic injustice for Equatorial Palm Oil, if it remains undeterred, means future injustices for Exon Mobil, Mittal Steel, LAC and all potential investors in Liberia.”
The Grand Bassa County Association in the Americas, Inc. unequivocally supports Peace and Constitutional Democracy and the Rule of Law. The Arson attack on Equatorial Palm Oil is TERRORISM. No doubts!
Signed: Jerome Z. Gayman
President/ (firstname.lastname@example.org) (772) 940-2871
Grand Bassa County Association in the Americas, Inc.