The Movement against Impunity and Violence in Africa has begun series of engagement with residents of Newcess over the call for five years extension for the concession of Equatorial oil Palm in Grand Bassa County.
The Town Hall discussion was the organization way of finding out from the residents of the three affected clans about their views over the Company’s request for possible extension. The meeting brought together Elders, Youth and women representatives of the area including some officials of the company. Speaking to the gathering, MAIVA Executive Board Chair Joseph Bush Trinity said his organization has been following development involving the Equatorial Oil Palm and the three affected clans. He said his organization was there ascertain facts surrounding the request of the company. In response to MAVIA inquiry, the residents of the three affected clans said they have no problem with the additional five years extension for the company concession agreement. The three affected clan said what they wanted to see from the company was job creation for their people. According to John Deyougar, Secretary General of the clan, it was those he refers to as leaders of the County who are providing misinformation to the people. “Where there is a presence of a company, there is bound to be development and employment for the citizens,” the clan secretary intoned.