By T. Saye Goinleh
The people of Seekon and Carbaday districts in Sinoe County with funding acquired from their land-rental fees as a result of the operation of Geblo Logging Company recently completed the construction of a modern guest house in Pyne Town based on the land reform law of 2006-2009 which states that the local dwellers are the custodians of their forest.
Pyne Town Guest House
Speaking to the New Republic, the chairman of the Community Forest Development Committee (CFDC) of Seekon and Carbaday, Fredrick B. Solo said portion of their benefit is the land-rental fees that is calculated by the Government of Liberia under the National Benefit Sharing Trust Board taking into consideration the number of hectares a particular commune owns multiply by US two hundred and fifty dollars with thirty-five percent of said amount going to the residents for developmental purpose.
Solo further explained during the dedication that Geblo Logging Corporation which is currently exploiting in the two districts; mainly occupied by the Sarpo-speaking people in Sinoe covers about fifty-three thousand four hundred and eleven hectares with thirty-nine (53, 411) affected communities stressing from the road in Pyne Town to Pehlayken and beyond.
He said the structure is estimated at the cost of forty-five thousand United States dollars (US$45,000.00) and was paid by Geblo to the Government of Liberia through the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and put into an escrow account and this is the first installment which was allocated for the erection of a guest house in Pyne Town, Carbaday District. According to CFDC Chairman Solo, the second phase of development for the people of the two districts will target a clinic project already identified in Pehlayken, Seekon District as soon as the second installment is released by government.
The facility is equipped with five self-contained rooms and a five KVA generator to provide electricity for its occupants and will be used to host travelers and guests based on the strategic location of the town as it serves as a gateway to Sinoe County from Grand Gedeh and the last largest settlement when departing the county.
The project was implemented by Quiah and Jay Construction Incorporated, a local firm in the region.