The speaker of Liberian House of Representative, has praised Sime Darby for cooperating with the house in its investigation.
The statement was made by Dr. Bhofal Chambers on Thursday when top management of the company appeared before it to submit the special investigation committee.
He said, “despite these difficulties the company has been faced with, it has remained committed to the lawmakers who are the representatives of the Liberian people,” he said in parliament.
A special committee was set up recently to investigate the activities of the company, after a video taken by ‘unknown persons’ was carried viral on social media. The video according to security, was recorded early this year, but later released.
House Speaker Bhofal Chambers commended the company for exhibiting a high degree of maturity from the inception of the investigation. “This clearly demonstrates the commitment of Sime Darby Plantation to the Liberian people,” he said.
He said, “We are not enemies, we want you do the right things for our people so that their welfare is being taken care of. We are a friendly business country and a business-friendly legislature. We think you have been cooperative as we have sent for you and you been on time.”
The special committee among other things in its recommendations called on the company to repair the hand pump and improve the science laboratory as well as improve the water system at the school and in the communities.
The committee however removed part of the recommendation which called for the resignation or recall of the operation manager of the company, Ali Kamal. The speaker said, it was not in the preview of the house to recommend such action since one of the lawmakers, Clarence Massaquoi has called for its removal from the recommendation.
The committee report comes at a time when one civil society activist, Charles Brown from Bomi county along with others from Cape Mount County called on the lawmakers to prevail on SDPl top management to recall David Parker, its General Manager.
The group has attributed the instabilities and problems at the plantation to the arrogant position and disrespectful attitude of Mr. Parker to the communities and workers as well as the Union.
The company received the report and is expected to return to the house with a time frame on how it intends to proceed with the recommendations.