The Association of Chiefs on whose Lands GREL Operates (ACLANGO) held its 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the ACLANGO Secretariat, Agona Nkwanta, on Saturday, January 25, 2014.   ACLANGO comprises 86 chiefs in eight traditional areas within GREL’s operational area in the Western and Central regions.  The AGM is held to enable the traditional rulers take stock of progress made during the past year and plan for the future.

 

This year’s AGM was heavily patronized by the chiefs in all the estates of the Company.  GREL was represented by the Managing Director, Mr. Lionel Barre, Mr. J. C. Garbrah, Corporate Affairs Manager and Mr. Akwasi Owusu, Rubber Out-grower Unit (ROU) Manager.  Also in attendance were Mr. Gabriel Amadin, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Rubber Estates Nigeria Limited (RENL) and Mr. Derrick Nyumah, Out-grower Manager of Cavalla Rubber Corporation (CRC) of Liberia.

 

The Chairman of ACLANGO, Awulae Agyefi Kwame II, who is also the Paramount Chief of the Nsein traditional area, in his address, said the year 2013 was “exceptionally good in terms of ACLANGO’s working relationship with GREL” adding that in spite of the cash constraints facing the company in 2013, “GREL maintained its commitment through the provision of numerous social and developmental amenities in almost all of its operational areas.”

 

The ACLANGO Chairman used the forum to make an “urgent appeal” to his “colleagues and elders to henceforth respectfully reconsider making incessant requests for land for whatever project [they] intend to put in place.”  The appeal was against the backdrop of incessant requests and in some cases demand for land from GREL especially during re-planting which has the tendency to reduce the size of the legally acquired concession of GREL.

 

The Managing Director, Mr. Lionel Barre, assured the chiefs of continuous support and respect from GREL adding that the Company is making a lot of investments to ensure its sustainability and continued operations in Ghana. He emphasized that GREL is not here to appropriate anybody’s land and that the Company shall continue to respect the laws of Ghana.  

 

The Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Joseph C. Garbrah, used the occasion to highlight GREL’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in its operational area since 2005.

 

Other Paramount Chiefs who graced the occasion are Nana Kwesi Agyeman IX of Lower Dixcove, Awulae Attibrukusu III of Lower Axim, Osagyefo Dr. Kwamena Enimil VI of Wassa Fiase, Otumfo Baidoo Bonsoe XV of Ahanta and Awulae Angama Tu Agyan II of Gwira.