-Claims Rep. Younquoi
Representative Larry P. Younquoi (Nimba Co. District #8) has alarmed over a looming state of ‘insecurity’ at the Cocopa Rubber Plantation located in his district.
Rep. Younquoi has officially communicated to the House over the situation where every operation at the plantation has come to a complete halt. Saying that the place is still relatively peaceful, the lawmaker noted the situation is volatile as it is a culmination of a protracted period on ‘non-payment of salaries and other benefits to the workers’.
Since the Liberian Government turned the plantation over to the Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI), a local business entity about three years ago through a receivership agreement, the expected benefits that should accrue to the workers and the country are still eluding, he claimed.
“What is more disappointing is that the interim arrangement headed by Harrison Karnwea has allegedly refused to make full disclosure to him as the direct Representative of the area as to what is obtaining on the farm.”
“I continue to get signal that salaries are delayed beyond five months, housing allowances unpaid, health services refund unpaid, school facilities poorly managed and the planned pay-off of workers stalled.”
“While all these are going on, I continue to be blamed by a cross-section of the workers, citing my role in involving this august body in 2012 which led to the Government of Liberia taking the then management, the Liberia Company (LIBCO) to court and subsequently winning the case thereby leading to granting of the receivership privilege to NRI.”
According to Rep. Younquoi, he is afraid that such apportionment of blames is troubling and could degenerate into something more grievous than the current ‘go-slow action’.
He has, however, appealed to his colleagues to intervene in the situation so as to avoid the situation deteriorating further. “I specifically seek your indulgence to invite the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Agriculture and the National Investment Commission (NIC) as well as other members of the inter-ministerial committee on concession (IMCC) to appear before this plenary to state why situation at this, once vibrant economic entity has degenerate to its current state of paralysis,” he concluded.
The communication was read and sent to the relevant committee for proper scrutiny.
By Reuben Sei Waylaun