LIBERIA: Boom in Grand Kru: GVL Revamps Five Schools, Donates School Materials

Golden Veroleum Liberia has completed rehabilitation works of five major elementary and junior high schools in Grand Kru County, elevating overone thousands five hundred students who had earlier sought learning refuge in makeshifts school structures.

A release from the company said the project which worth thousands of dollars is part of a social agreement signed with citizens and GVL on October 21, 2013. The facilities based in Trembo, Zoloken–Grandcess Wedabo administrative districts, include the Geneken, Gblabroken, Newaken, Zoloken, Newaken and Sorroken Elementary and Junior High Schools.

In furtherance to the revamping of the institutions, GVL has also provided over 100 school desks to school authorities in the area. During ceremonies marking the truing over of the facilities, GVL Senior Manager for Sustainability, Mr. Ofori Lartey said GVL stands to be measured on its key eight values which include the ending of rural poverty and bringing long term prosperity, education and health to communities.”“We are fully committed to the commitments in our MOUs signed with communities, and we will continue to work with the communities in developing their land,” he added.

Acknowledging GVL’s effort, the Vice Principal for Administration of the Zoloken Elementary and Junior High School and Chairman of the Zoloken Community Representative Committee (CRC), Mr. Peter Jeh, praised the company for the refurbished facilities.“You’ve made an historic difference in the lives of citizens of Zoloken communities,” Mr. Jeh told company officials. “For taking our children from under makeshift structures into modern class rooms, we applaud GVL for that.”

Jeh further admitted that the presence of GVL in the area has changed the economic environment of community dwellers citing the pavement of feeder roads, rehabilitation of schools, hand pumps, as well as vast employment of citizens.

At the same time, construction and rehabilitation works of several hand pumps in seventeen targeted communities in Trehn and Grandcess/Wedabo Statutory Districts in Grand Kru have commenced by Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL). The project which would shortly be completed seeks to increase sources of quality drinking water in communities and afford citizens and residents opportunity to access safe drinking water for survival. The move by the oil palm company is in furtherance of a signed Memorandum of Understanding Incorporated in its Social Agreements (MOU/SAs) timetable for initial development and investment in 2015.

Meanwhile, a delegation from Conservation International, a non-profit environmental organization committed to the protection of deforestation has ended a three day assessment visit at GVL farms.

During their visit, the delegation visited high conservation value areas in Butaw, Tarjuowon and Kpanyan. At the end of the visit, CI Country Director, Jessica Allen, expressed commendation to GVL for the progress being made in preserving forest areas, as well as the company out growers and smallholders programs. With technical and financial support she mentioned that CI would work with GVL in a bid to ensure a sustained forest safeguards.

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