The Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) has rejected what it terms as erroneous assertions by the Corruption Watch Newspaper in its Thursday, 26 May 2017 edition about the company’s payroll system.
It was reported that GVL is operating two payrolls, one for Liberian standard and another for international standard.
But in reaction, GVL challenges the Corruption Watch Newspaper to provide proof of its report.
The company said the report is fake and deceptive as it does not operate two payrolls but a single payroll for its 3,600 employees, who are heavily based in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.
GVL said such huge employment makes the company the largest private sector employer in the Liberian South East, noting that it runs an annual payroll worth US$9.5 million in annual cash wages and benefits to Liberian employees.
According to the company, the least employee is paid US$5.50 daily and given 50kg bag of rice in addition to health, education and housing facilities which are far above payment scheme in Liberia.
“GVL believes its employment package is one of the best in the country for a company that has not earned income. Relations with GVL project communities have nothing to with employee’s payroll. GVL has a strengthened communications strategy with communities and other stakeholders in Liberia evidence by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the people of Butaw and GVL,” the release said.
The company said as a result of its improved relations, GVL is developing rapidly with its project communities in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties and recently broke grounds for the extension of the Butaw Junior High School to senior secondary school in the district which is worth US$120,000.00.
The release quotes GVL Corporate Communications Coordinator Leroy Kanmoh as saying the company has deposited into six community accounts at least US$92,000 in community development fund across Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.
He said the construction of three bed rooms Butaw clinic staff quarter is the first community development fund project funded by GVL, noting in Butaw alone for this year, GVL has constructed a US$52,000 road project, construction of 13 kilometer road linking Butaw seaside to the rest of Butaw is in progress while a US$33,000 nurses quarter is under construction in the district.
The release said GVL donates annually to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture a scholarship grant of US$100,000 for deserving Liberian students studying agriculture and engineering.
Up to date, the release said, US$700,000 has been donated to the Ministry of Agriculture. Several community development projects are being implemented by Golden Veroleum Liberia in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties including and not limited to pit latrines, road rehabilitation and schools.