Ten towns in the Buluyeama Clan in Zorzor District, Lofa County, has began to reap economic benefits from the operations of the Ecowood Logging Company in the virgin forests of the district.
The most outstanding is the company's fulfillment of its corporate social responsibility of constructing roads in the clan.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Informer newspaper at the work site on a road between Lebeleba Town and Balagwalazu town on Saturday January 12, 2013, the chief engineer of ECOWOOD, Boakai Gobah said that citizens of the area stand to benefit from a 15 years contact agreement between his company and the government of Liberia that would yield development benefits.
Mr. Gobah added that it is enshrined in the social contract agreement between his company and the citizens of the clan that ECOWOOD is to identify with any development initiative of the citizens.
He said that the people of Buluyeama Clan are very friendly and relating to workers of ECOWOOD well, adding that if the present level of cooperation and working relationship continue, much is expected to be achieved from both ends.
"I was forced to put a stop to certain aspects of the generosity and enthusiasm demonstrated to ECOWOOD workers by citizens of Lebeleba and Balagwalazu towns, such as the offering of palm wine to workers during working hour," the engineer said.
In a statement with the informer newspaper in Lebeleba town recently, the town Chief of Lebeleba, Mr. Forkpa Fissible mounted praises on the the government and all the stakeholders who contributed in one way or the other to bring ECOWOOD in the Buluyeama clan. He added that every citizen in this clan is happy and willing to cooperate with the company to achieve their development needs that are eagerly sought by all.
According to Mr. Fissible, only two of the 12 towns that make up the Buluyeama Clan were connected to motor roads prior to the coming of Ecowood into the clan.