The Analyst (Monrovia)

10 December 2012

Liberia: River Gee Citizens Reject CRC

Citizens of River Gee County have expressed opposition to the presence and operations of the Cavalla Rubber Company in that South-Eastern county of Liberia.

According to citizens of River Gee County, particularly the people of Potupo District under the umbrella of the Potupo District Development Association said they have in a united voice opposed to the operation of CRC on their land  because, according to them a larger portion of the concession area was being utilized by both the Capitol City of River Gee County and DC Wilson Logging Company.

The chairman and Secretary of the group, G. Nyenpan Tyee and Kech J. Cooper, told the Analyst that citizens of Potupo District have already given a large portion of the land to the capitol city of the River Gee County and the DC Wilson Logging Company, thereby making it impossible for CRC management or the government to negotiate for the same land.

The leaders of Potupo District Development Association said while they welcome the CRC interest to invest in the county, especially in the Potupo District, it was not possible for the citizens of Potupo District to accept the company’s decision to operate on the land as being proposed by the CRC Management.

CRC or the Cavalla Rubber Company is currently operating in Pleebo-Soloken District in Maryland County.

The CRC management over the years continues to come under hard criticism from Rep. Bhafol Chambers and the people of Pleebo-Soloken District for not living up to the precepts of the concession agreement they had signed and to international labor practice in the district.

The citizens of Potupo District proffered a couple of justifications to support their decision to reject the presence and operation of CRC in the District. Among other things, the citizens expressed opposition to relocate, remove or to destroy any town, village or traditional heritage by any concession company especially the CRC; something they say will not be accepted.

The Potupo District, the citizens said, has already signed a social agreement with some concession companies which may affect the area requested by CRC; and that the number of hectares (10,000) requested by CRC was unaffordable due to the increasing population of the district vis-à-vis limited land space in the district.

The citizens group concluded on Tuesday, October 30th 2012 during mass citizens town hall meeting agreed that the survey of the Potupo people land initiated years back should be fully completed before any concession agreement negotiation gets underway.

Putopo Development Association, the only organization representing the view of the people of that district disclosed that the citizens furthered recommended that CRC should seek other parts of the district to avoid future embarrassment between the citizens and that of the CRC.

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