Nimba County District 8 Representative Larry Younquoi
Rep. Younquoi Concerned About Insecurity At Cocopa Plantation
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA
MONROVIA, March 5 (LINA) – Nimba County District 8 Representative Larry Younquoi has called the attention of the House of Representatives to the “state of insecurity” at the Cocopa Rubber Plantation.
Cocopa Rubber Plantation is located in District 8, Nimba County.
Through a Receivership Arrangement, the Government of Liberia about three years ago turned the plantation over to the Nimba Rubber Inc. (NRI), a local business entity operating in the county.
Younquoi, in a letter addressed to House Speaker Alex Tyler on Thursday, noted that operations at the plantation have come to a complete standstill.
He maintained that although the atmosphere at the plantation remains relatively peaceful, the situation is volatile due to the protracted period of non-payment of salaries and other benefits to the workers.
The Nimba County lawmaker asserted that since the arrangement with NRI the expected benefits for workers and the country have not been realized.
Representative Younquoi noted that the interim arrangement has refused to make full disclosure to him given his role as direct Representative of the district, as to what is obtaining on the plantation.
”I continue to get a signal that salaries are delayed beyond five months, housing allowances unpaid, health service refund unpaid, and the planned pay-off of workers stalled,” he indicated.
Younquoi wants a way forward to prevent the situation at the plantation from further escalating beyond the current go-slow actions by workers, asking that the House invites the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture and the National Investment Commission, among others, to brief the body on the state of affairs at the plantation.