MONROVIA – Margibi County chiefs, elders and traditional leaders have overwhelmingly endorsed the comprehensive operations of Jeety Rubber Liberia Limited Corporation in the county, with a wish to
Some time ago, the National Legislature passed an Investment Incentive Agreement for the company, which is under construction, to operate in Gborplay Town, District No. 5, Margibi County. It occupies approximately 222.3 acres of land.
The company should process the latex into finished products
It is owned by famous Indian business tycoon, Dr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva, commonly known as “Jeety” in Liberia.
Dr. Sachdeva is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jeety Trading Corporation, a major importer and distributor of hardware and building materials, and dozens of other companies across the country.
He is also the former Honorary Consul General of India in Liberia.
Speaking at the meeting, Paramount Chief of Kakata, Chieftainship Fahn G. Lepolu said that Jeety Rubber LLC’s investment of more than US$25 million currently underway in the region is an investment that has “opened a great corridor for this part of Liberia and all over the world”. ”.
He noted that the company will serve as a hotspot to provide job opportunities to hundreds of citizens amidst many economic constraints.
“Thank you so much Jeety – it is a blessing to you in Kakata Chiefdom because the one I saw here I have never seen before. The development you bring to us is not for you “The good you’ve done for us is for everyone, from the president to us. It’s not just government jobs we want; we want jobs.”
Also taking the floor, Wea Clan chieftain, Mrs. Musu M. Yango expressed her gratitude for the decision taken by ‘Jeety’ to ensure the establishment of the company in Cinta Township.
She observed that after the start of full operations, Jeety Rubber LLC will help in tackling the high rate of poverty in the region.
She added that citizens, especially those working in the company, will now be able to support themselves and their respective family members and also reach out to others.
“When poverty is somewhere and there is no work, people can say that the thugs earn a lot because, you who are not thugs, you will start stealing. So when the job opportunity is somewhere we know what it looks like I just have to take this time to say thank you very much I heard that Jeety opened a business I came today and I have seen many of our children already working”.
Mrs. Yango further congratulated the Wisner family for the decision taken to provide the 222.3 acres of land to “Jeety” for investment.
She, however, warned the company not to follow the same path as the Salala Rubber Company (SRC) in reducing the workforce for no justifiable reason.
From darkness to light
“The SRC was here and we were in darkness, without lights. May you (Jeety) bring us light now. The CBC brought us darkness and sent all our people away.
She pointed out that no foreign investors doing business or operating in Margibi have seen the need to meet with county chiefs, elders and traditional leaders before their operations.
“For you to remember and come to traditional people to give you blessings, I just want to share tears. Since we have been here, we have never heard that word from anyone calling us to give them the blessing. White people can only come here to do their job and get their money and help their people behind and not to look at the people who are even sitting on their lap. Jeety, you are our true Liberian child and brother”.
Ms. Yango observed that more often than not, foreign investors only prioritize the welfare of key government officials to protect their respective businesses, neglecting locals at the community level.
A plea for the stock market
She expressed hope that the venture will be a blessing to parents who also lack the financial capacity to send their children to college after finishing high school in the county.
“We will stay here for a long time, but some of our children have finished high school, but we have no money for them to continue. Some of them are now cutting down palm trees in the bush because there is no work”.
Ms. Yango described the lack of funding for parents to continue their children’s education as a complete “setback” in order to secure their future.
“You have brought us life and light from which we will benefit. It won’t just be Weala. I want you to always think of us but don’t give us rice every month because; we want citizens to benefit”.
Securing the business
Youth leader Anthony B. Kollie admitted that a significant number of young people in the township are out of work due to the lack of investment opportunities in the county.
As a result, he pointed out that many young people are forced to engage in commercial motorcycling and other vulnerable businesses just to earn a living.
He, however, promised that the region’s youth will help “secure the business” as part of efforts to tackle poverty and the high employment rate in Margibi.
“I was very excited when I saw hundreds of young people working. This shows that this company has brought total relief to our commune. Mr. Jeety, we pray that this business stays here and expands beyond this place so that our young people can be employed”.
For his part, Cinta Township Commissioner Roland Johnson expressed hope that Jeety and his company will succeed in the area.
He ensured the support and commitment of local authorities to work and collaborate with the company to help address the many challenges faced by residents.
“This municipality and its leaders will be willing to support you. All we want you to do is always listen to our advice, you will have your managers and everyone in place, but if you listen to our advice, it can take you from one point to another”.
Commissioner Johnson warned of attacks on Jeety Rubber LLC from unscrupulous individuals who intend to go against development in the county.
He urged chiefs and elders to always come to the aid of those who remain in favor of the county’s development agenda and the improvement of the living conditions of the citizens.
He dispelled reports on social media that the company, which is not yet fully operational, is polluting city waters.
“Jeety will count on citizens to support him. There will be a time when I will take some of you to accompany me and you will hear my voice on the radio speak for our canton because, some will leave elsewhere to come and spoil the image of our canton and we do not be in the back to sit and watch you come and spoil Cinta Township unless I’m not a commissioner. We will take you as an enemy of the state”
Meanwhile, chiefs, elders and traditional rulers praised the Indian business tycoon for also seeing the need to ensure the construction of a clinic, school and others in the premises of his investment .
Earlier, Dr. Sachdeva pointed out that the meeting was meant to seek the blessings of county chiefs and elders.
“I have invited Paramount, Clan, City and other leaders here to seek your blessings and show you what I am trying to do here because they are our elders. I have no other purpose than to get to know you and identify things that I can do for the community and society because I am your son; I am no stranger to Liberia and I have been here for 35 years and that is my house. I just need your blessings and prayers for the successful implementation of this project”.
He has pledged to have all of the company’s workforce come from Weala in Margibi County.
He said those who lack the required skills will be trained by others to take over all departments, including senior positions in the company.
“Young people are the future of the country and they must be given priority. I want all the labor to come from here Weala”.
He disclosed that 700 people, especially young people from Weala and surrounding areas will be employed in the business.
He, however, expressed his gratitude for the cordial support and cooperation he continues to receive from local county leaders, including the superintendent, commissioner, among others.
To the hospital
“I have already acquired a building with 24 rooms for a clinic. This is a property belonging to one of your sons who was trying to build a hospital but he abandoned the project”.
Dr. Sachdeva revealed that the clinic will be built and ready to operate within two months.
According to him, a Pakistani doctor, who was previously assigned to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, will take charge of the establishment.
He stressed that the construction of the facility aims to provide adequate health care to the citizens of the region, noting that “if everyone is healthy, we enjoy the fruits of the work”.
“I haven’t started production yet, but that’s the first thing I want to do for the people of Margibi. In times to come, this hospital will be such that people will come from all over this country for treatment.”
‘Jeety’, however, is committed to continuing to support the growth and development of the country’s economy by promoting and empowering local Liberian entrepreneurs in the region.