French Agribusiness multibillion dollar investment company Socfin has been commended by visiting Sierra Leonean lawmakers for its good corporate social responsibility.
Socfin and many other foreign investment firms are constantly criticised for their poor community relations in the country.
Socfin operates in the southern Pujehun district, where it is developing a vast land of palm oil plantation. But the local communities in the Malen Chiefdom where it is located have accused it of encroaching on their lands and failing to fulfil many promises made to communities.
Socfin, in a statement, claimed that members of the Agricultural Oversight Committee in the parliament exonerated and praised it for living up to its corporate social responsibilities.
According to the company, it has done this by investing in the health and education sectors, as well as improving on the food sustainability and road network in the villages that fell under its concession, which the lawmakers verified during the tours last week.
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee, Alimamy Kargbo, challenged skeptics to travel and see for themselves and make their own informed judgment of the situation on ground.