By Emmanuel TJ Kollie (Itern)
Margibi County District #1 Representative Tibelrosa Tarponweh has reaffirmed his commitment to making sure that companies operating within his constituency comply with their corporate social responsibilities.
Rep. Tarponweh vowed not to sit idly and allow companies to exploit the country’s resources without listening to his people’s plight.
The Margibi County lawmaker made the disclosure in the Towel Hill Community when he dedicated a landfill site recently constructed by the Sekou Sheriff Faiwah (SSF), a company operating within the vicinity of the community.
Dedicating the newly constructed landfill site over the weekend, the Margibi County District #1 lawmaker called on those residing along the RIA Highway road to discontinue dumping garages along the road.
“This dumpsite being dedicated today is a milestone for this community. People who live along this RIA Highway should avoid dumping dirt along this international road, this is unacceptable,” he said.
Commenting on his constant engagement with the SSF Company in adhering to their corporate social responsibilities, the Margibi County lawmaker explained, “we will continue to engage SSF to do things in line with your expectations.”
For his part, the Tower Hill Community Chairman, Mr. Melvin Z. Lackay thanked Rep. Tarponweh for his tireless efforts in making sure that SSF Company implements some of its obligations towards the community. Mr. Lackay, on behalf of the community, vowed to properly maintain and utilize the facility.
The company began its operations in the country in 2007 through an agreement entered into with the government of Liberia for the purpose of rock crushing in Margibi County. The company’s operations were said to have been posing fear and danger to the lives of people residing within the Tower Hill Community around its operational area due to rock particles. The heavyweight of vibration during the process of rock crushing is as strong as an earthquake, thus cracking their homes and leaving them vulnerable.
With the damages caused by the Company in 2018, Rep. Tarponweh intervened into the matter by organizing a meeting with both parties (the residents and SSF Company ) and the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) aimed at finding a solution to the matter.
During the meeting, an MOU was signed between the SSF Company and the residents of Tower Hill, obligating the Company to employ a blasting-control policy in the process of crushing rocks and reimburse those whose properties were affected by the operations of the Company. The Company was also mandated to implement major projects within the community including the construction of hand pumps, latrines, and landfill sites as part of her corporate social responsibilities towards the community.