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GVL Employment Climbs Over 4,000

MONROVIA - Recent employment of over 46 persons in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties puts Golden Veroleum Liberia employment base at a little over 4,000 Liberians being employed so far in the country, the company has announced. The company in a release said the move is in fulfilment of a pledged made earlier this year that it would employed additional 1,000 Liberians in 2015. The release quotes GVL Spokesman Stephen Binda as saying that employment is still ongoing.

The company said of the total new recruits, 24 hails from Nitrian Community in Kpanyan District, Sinoe County, while 22 originate from Ylatwen, and Wedabo-Grandcess Administrative District Grand Kru County. Of the new hired, the company also employed a professional medical practitioner to cater to health needs of employees in Sorroken, Grand Kru County.

As the biggest employer in Liberia's South East, the company said the newly hired would be trained in becoming future oil palm professionals in the post war Liberia. "We are pleased with this achievement despite the effects of the Ebola virus during the course of the year," Binda said. "We anticipate increasing this number when we reach capacity."

Coming on the heels of Liberia's 168th Independence Day Celebration, GVL said the new employees have all been inducted and presented company policies and professional standards in the oil palm industry.

Of the 4,000 plus Liberians being employed, over two dozen Liberians are in top managerial posts while over 64 others are in management cadre, GVL added. The release further quoted the company as saying that it would work to employed nearly approximately 40,000 Liberians when at full operation. "Financial independence is very critical and serve as a gateway to community development," Binda said adding that GVL has already committed to giving priority to local communities aimed at enabling them rebuild their lives and improve livelihoods.