National Petroleum (NP), a Sierra Leonean owned petroleum products dealer, has opened a filling station in Kakata, Margibi County. The opening ceremony took place on Saturday, April 9 where the Managing Director, Mohammed S. Kanu, assured the people of Kakata that his company is there to stay. “NP is here to stay and it is a privilege for Margibi County to have us here,” said Mr. Kanu. The Sierra Leonean businessman reminded the people of Kakata that NP is a very small company from Sierra Leone.“But what we have done here is how to challenge a giant as long as God is with us,” Kanu added.He said that if David can challenge Goliath and defeat him, smaller companies can also challenge bigger ones and survive. He explained that NP met petroleum giants on the ground when it came to Liberia.“We have lived by example and showed Liberian companies how to compete against bigger firms. What they need to do is not be everywhere, but they must occupy well before moving to another place and this is exactly what NP is doing here in Liberia,” he said.“We have included cooking gas in our line of products on sale at various NP gas stations in Liberia at cheaper prices,” Kanu declared.He urged Liberians to make use of the cooking gas that is sold at NP at very reasonable price.“Cooking gas should be accessible to everybody in Liberia,” he said, “because it is easily accessible by the people in other West African countries, including Ghana and Ivory Coast, amongst others.”He thanked the county authority and people of Kakata for giving NP an opportunity to provide services to their county.Cutting the ribbon to the filling station, Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Edwin Sarvice, thanked NP for choosing Kakata to invest.He also assured NP that under the current administration of LPRC, they would create the level playing field for everybody can compete equally. Mr. Sarvice then encouraged others to emulate the good example of NP.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) and the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) guarantying the entities mutual grounds for the recognition, avoidance and settlement of disputes.GPSU First Vice President, Dawn Gardener and General Manager of the MMA-ADA, Aubrey Charles display the MoAThe MoA signing also ensures that the GPSU regains its position as the sole bargaining agent for the Authority. This was according to GPSU First Vice President, Dawn Gardener during the signing exercise at the Ministry of Social Protection, Department of Labour.Gardener, in recognising the accomplishment of the agencies, noted that the MoA stands as the first step towards the development of MMA-ADA, given that the Union is now solely responsible for ensuring the rights of these public servants.“The Guyana Public Service Union is proud today in signing this [recognition] agreement with the MMA and history will have it, it’s not the first agreement because the Union was once the bargaining for the workers at MMA….but the Union has now regained its position as it relates to the bargaining unit for the workers at MMA and this is because the workers recognise the strength and the ability of the Union”, she stated.Additionally, Gardener pointed out that the Collective Labour Agreements (CLA) which usually regulates the terms and conditions of employees at work, is yet to be signed. This, she added, will be done before the end of the year. The CLA includes the management of wages, benefits, and duties of the employees.“After this, we’ll have with management, the collective agreement signed, we’ll work and done and have the signing of that. That should be finished before the end of the year because collectively, we’ll work on that.” Gardener noted.Meanwhile, General Manager of the MMA-ADA, Aubrey Charles expressed satisfaction with the Union’s interest of the workers’ representation noting that it [the Union] is the means by which workers become more aware of their rights.“Today we have closed another chapter in the journey as it relates to workers’ rights and what the Union stands for…. however, we appreciate that because it helps in development of workers and it has made workers more aware of their rights,” Charles said.The signing of the MoA was conducted in the presence of Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle along with representatives of the two agreeing parties.