Sinoe gets new district
The House of Representatives Tuesday concurred with the Liberian Senate in passing into law an Act, creating Numopoh Administrative District in Sinoe County.
The Liberian Senate passed the Act into law on July 14, 2014 and forwarded same to the Lower House for concurrence.
Following the reading of the Act on July 15, 2014, Plenary turned it over to the Joint Committee on Internal Affairs, Judiciary and Ways, Means and Finance and Development Planning for scrutiny and recommendation.
The House passed the Act minutes after the Joint Committee submitted its report to Plenary recommending the passage of the instrument.
The Committee said the passage of the Act will promote rule of law, maintain peace and mutual understanding and cooperation between residents of the district and central government as well as support the economic recovery program of Liberia.
The Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Services 2008 Population Census Report put the number of districts in Liberia at 136.
More than 500 citizens of Numopoh Administrative district in Sinoe County signed a Memorandum of Understanding and incorporating Social Agreement for the purpose of oil palm cultivation and area development, in Delkilo City, 28 April 2014.
The MOU specified developments such as school and clinic construction, road building and refurbishments, provision for safe drinking water, scholarships, adult literacy training, employment and cultivation of 1,566 hectares or 3,869 acres.
The official MOU signing ceremony was attended by UNMIL Civil Affairs, GVL Regional Controller, Manohyarran Pillai, and Development Superintendent, T. Romeo Quioh as well as GVL senior staff.
The signing was achieved as a result of GVL’s ongoing engagements with local communities as part of the company’s dedication to the Free Prior and Informed Consent process.
For his part, Superintendent Quioh, congratulated his people for being very peaceful since the inception of GVL in Numopoh but warned that the implementation of the MOU is not an event and therefore prayed for patience and high cooperation from the community people.
Regional Controller Manaohyaran Pillai of Kpanyan Plantation has vowed to live up to the terms and conditions of the MOU, and also agreed to employ all Liberians cable and qualified to work. “I do not see tribe in terms of employment, I see Liberians”, he said.
By Ben P. Wesee