Massive Protest Hits NRI As Management Expresses Regret

By our Correspondent In Ganta|

Report from Nimba County says over two hundreds aggrieved employees of the Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI) formerly the COCOPA Rubber plantations on the Saclepea highway, district number 8 have reportedly embarked on a nonstop protest in demand of salaries last week.

According GNN-Liberia Correspondent in the county, the aggrieved employees as a result of the protest blocked the main road leading from Ganta, Nimba County to other southeastern corridor of the country angrily in demand of their salaries from the management.

The Protest, according to our Correspondent is also been supported by students attending the plantation local school alongside with their parents; the employees alleged that over the past five to six months, the management of the company has allegedly refused to supply them with rice, house recent health care Facility among others.

One of the aggrieved employees and spokesman of the group, A. Morris Howard, said they will not leave the road until their demand are met, and further disclosed that the ongoing protest has been supported by various departments at the plantation based on the reported ill-treatment they continue to receive from management.

For his part, Marcus Nuah Barleah, one of the teachers speaking to journalists revealed that teachers have also lay down their respective tools  in demand of their salaries. The students’ actions to join the Protest follow the decision from teachers at the plantation who have refused to attend classes in demand of their salaries.

Also speaking Marshall Teewah told reporters that workers of the plantation have and continue to be fool by the Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI) since 2020 up to present.

Our Nimba County correspondent said the ongoing Protest in demand of their salaries brought normal activities to a standstill thereby destroy the only government ambulance at the Jackson Fiah Doe Hospital.

The ambulance was rushing to get oxygen from another health facility in Bong County when it was attacked by the angry protesters.

However, when the Chief Executive Officer of NRI, Harrison Karnwea was contacted via mobile phone to ascertain the facts surrounding the protest on his plantation, he confirmed and said the company has to money to pay the employees, noting that Liberian Government owed the company over four million United States Dollars.

Mr. Karnwea who sounded disappointment for the employees for not receiving their salaries, also disclosed that many of the factory equipment are currently down due  to the lack of money to keep the factory running, stressing, “How can I deny my own people their rightful incentives for what they have worked”, in a rather regrettable tune said via mobile phone in Monrovia noted.

Investigation Continues

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