3 April 2013

Liberia: 'Gov't Needs to Do Its Homework' - NIC Boss Assures Sime Darby

The Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC) says there is need for the government to do its homework when it comes to the effective and unhindered actualization of the operations of Sime Darby, one of companies operating in the country.

Chairman Natty O. Davies told a gathering of Bomi citizens and officials of Sime Darby in Gbah, Bomi County Monday that the government needed to look at framework or structures that worked in order to build upon.

He was making reference to the confusion that mars the operations of Sime Darby wherein citizens of its concession areas are opposing their expansion program, citing the company's inability to adhere to its social responsibility commitment. The company, its workers and other citizens have been calling for the intervention of the government in resolving the land problem which is certainly affecting the operations of the company.

Chiarman Davies realized that the government has a role to play in the land imbroglio, saying "We must acknowledge that the Government of Liberia needs to do its home work; we have to adjust to the reality of things in order to create opportunity for our people because investment impact all of us in different ways."

In an effort to reinvigorate the pace of expansion of operations by the Sime Darby Plantation Liberia to its full potential, he said the government needed to go extra miles in assisting the company to acquire additional land as enshrined in the agreement.

He pointed out that the NIC will hold consultations with other stakeholders in developing new model of approach to enable the government adequately responds to the company's request for expansion.

"The government dropped the ball and we need to pick it up from that point so as to ensure that the company reaches its full potential in order to provide more employment opportunities to our people", Mr. Davies noted.

He used the occasion to call on the company including the citizens and other people of influence in the county to avoid casting blame on one another.

"We will take the ball from where it was dropped; that is all we are going to do", the NIC boss concluded.

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