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Calm returns to MOPP, GVL Concessions, Tubman University

Varflay Kamara/Maximilian Kasseh,Jr.

SOUTH-EASTERN LIBERIA-Reports say calm has returned to concession districts in Maryland and Grand Kru Counties.

The Maryland Oil Palm Plantation(MOPP) in Maryland County and Golden Veroleum-Liberia(GVL) in Grand Kru County have been engulfed by series of protests by citizens of the two concession areas.

According to a release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs Friday, August 30, 2019, the two companies are expected to resume normal operations on Monday, September 2, 2019, following weeks of protests and strike actions.

A joint mission, comprising the Ministers of Internal Affairs and Labor, headed by Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf, is said to have saved the situation.

At the mediation talks over the weekend, the Golden Veroleum-Liberia Management and workers among other things, agreed to improve their relationship.

The Company assured the Liberian Government of its commitment to meet the demands of the workers.

Meanwhile, in Maryland County, Minister Sirleaf requested the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) to conduct an investigation which was observed by all parties to the conflict and local authorities.

In another development, the standoff between some concerned workers and the Administration of the William V.S.Tubman University in Maryland County has ended through the intervention of stakeholders from the south-east of the Country.

According to our Maryland County Correspondent, the concerned workers had demanded that their salaries be replaced, a situation that led to the strike action.

Our Correspondent named individuals who mediated between the concerned workers and TU Administration as Grand Kru County Senators, Peter Coleman, and Marshall Dennis, House Speaker, Dr. Bhofa Chambers, among others.


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