As Liberia anxiously awaits the arrival of productive investors on its soil in order to bring relief to its huge unemployment situation, one of the Country’s partners-in-progress, the Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL) over the past months has been the target of news making including issues of ‘Unrest and labor crisis’ under the stewardship of Mr. David Parker.
An independent investigation conducted by the GNN over the last weeks as to what actually gave birth to the endless crisis at SDPL under the watchful eyes of Mr. David Parker, the suspended General Manager of the Sime Darby Plantation Liberia,has discovered that the current management team of SDPLhas falling short in managing the affairs of the Company under his reign, an action which publicly proved of his alleged incompetence to steer the affairs of the Malaysia owned oil plantation Company in Liberia.
Since his ascendancy as General Manager of the Company, Locals including farmers and ordinary citizens in Bomi and Cape Mount Counties; the areas where the Company concertation is currently being focused, have angrily complained of what they described as ill-treatment being melted against them including the ‘Poor Management Skills’ of Mr. of David Parker.
Over the past years under the stewardship of Mr. Parker, our investigation also discovered the uncountable crisis including the mysterious disappearances of employees at the plantation have been massively marred as compared previous management.
“David Parker’s leadership at this plantation has drawn lots of criticisms particularly the ill-treatment of our brothers and sisters who have been hired by this multi-dollar Company. His leadership is quite different from his predecessors who made it their interest to see the working relationship between the SDPL and the workforce improved,” SandoKaimo a resident of Bomi County in a chat with the GNN noted.
According to our investigation with some employees and citizens of both counties, David Parker’s suspension by the headquarters of Sime Darby Plantation International is a welcomed move on the part of the Company, but further noted that instead of his suspension, he should be removed to give way to others who may have this Company at heart, and are also willing to working with Liberians for the success of the Company’s investment in the Country.
It was also disclosed during an interview with the GNN by some of the current and former employees of the Company, that the suspended General Manager of the Company was alleged to have caused most of the upheavals at the plantation with the alleged sole objective of using such to generate financial intake from his bosses oversees, the headquarters of the Company under the canopy of solving any would be crisis.
Information also gathered during our investigation discovered that some qualified Liberians who were hired by the Company for their professional and rich academic background have been sidelined by Mr. Parker for what many of those who spoke to the GNN described as a dominance fear to be booted out.
Making specific reference of Sam Bennett who was hired by David Parker nearly a year ago to leave his lucrative and join him at SDPL has now become the most recent victim of Mr. Parker’s ill-administrative leadership; refusing for the renewal of his contract after honestly working for nearly a year performing efficiently and performing the job of the General Manager, Mr. David Parker.
In order to ascertain the allegations leveled against the suspended General Manager of SDPL, Mr. David Parker, our reporter took up time to contact him via his two mobile phone numbers which rang endlessly without response.
Our investigation continue.