House Summons Equatorial Palm Oil Company For Violation Of Concession Agreement; Company Tightlipped !

Representative Thomas Goshua is bringing to book LIBINC or Palm Bay as known by many for clear violation of the Concession Agreement they have with the Government of Liberia.

Hon. Goshua says the company has miserably reneged on 7.1, 7.3, 7.4, 8.1 8.2, 9.1, 9.2 amongst other segments of the agreement signed leaving the people of the county completely out of touch with the company as foreigners take route within the foreign brand.

The Act of hiring expatriates and not training more Liberians or hiring qualified Liberians contravenes section 9.1 and 9.2 of the agreement according the District 5 Lawmaker.

Labor and Agriculture Ministries and the management of the company are expected to face plenary inquiries for these violations.

The Bassa lawmaker recently frowned on plans by EPO or LIBNIC for instituting new employment scheme that seems to have new expatriates hired within the company.

‘I am taking serious exception to your decision to hire two additional expatriates whom you have brought in to serve in positions and perform duties that Liberians can ably handle to the standard the company so demands,’ a communication to the Acting GM stated.

The lawmaker in his communication stated that it is ‘Offensive to continuously keep these professional Liberians in their current positions or on contractual statuses for the most part of their services with LIBINC.. something that contrasts the labor law and standards of Liberia.’

The two recently hired Chinese are expected to serve as Assistant Plantation Managers in different segments of the oil plantation while several qualified Liberians are completely left undone especially citizens of the Bassa belt.

There is lack of key management portfolios including a media Relations manager and Government Relations persons which the company says it’s lack of funds according to the lawmaker but they can hire foreign national for roles Liberians can do effectively.

Rep. Goshua who knows the in and out of the entity given that he served there before says it is regrettable that Liberians can barely get duly employ but foreign nationals are flooding in the system and paid hugely.

He told Whistleblower, his office and the people of his district will revisit any attempt by the company to keep foreign nationals at the company in roles Liberians can ably do.

He called on the Ministry of Labor to seize of the matter and stop giving these foreign nationals work permit to operate in Liberia especially roles Liberians are capable of.

At the same time every effort to make contact with the company proved fruitless; the promised to release a statement didn’t come forth till press time.



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