The Movement Against Violence and Impunity in Africa- MAVIA has rendered a passionate plea to the Bassa Legislative Caucus not to politicize the ongoing Equatorial Palm Oil extension process. MAVIA is a non- governmental organization established 2009 with the mission to promote good governance, human rights and rule of law.
The group’s Executive Director, Mr. Joseph B. Trinity, in a statement issued over the weekend said an independent assessment conducted by his institution at the company’s facility established that the EPO extension is to create an additional 700 jobs for inhabitants of electoral District 5. “The approach by the Bassa Legislative Caucus to act on rumors that the Management of Equatorial Palm Oil is claiming additional land at the detriment of the Bassa people with approval by the District Representative Robertson Siaway is far from the truth and has the propensity to undermine the workings and development of the district and the country at large,” he said. According to him, LIBINCO Oil Palm Inc. is requesting for five years’ extension in compliance with the Lower House to have an extension within the agreement. He added that the revised agreement is currently before the Liberian Senate for concurrence. “We think the current economic situation is greatly affecting citizens and residents of Electoral District 5 in Grand Bassa County and as such if additional jobs are provided it will get many others employ,” Trinity added. MIVIA Executive Director wants the Bassa Legislative Caucus conveys on the Senate for concurrence following a smooth passage by the House of Representatives and not to act on mere rumors. Mr. Trinity maintains that any attempt of the caucus to politicize the extension process could hamper the development and economic viability of citizens and residents of the district amongst others. Meanwhile a round table discussion on the propose extension process is expect to take place in the district this week.