10 December 2012

Liberia: Pro-Democracy Group Commends LPRC Boss - Warns Detractors to Desist

A pro-democracy institution, Coalition Of Youth & Students To Enhance Peace And Democracy In Liberia says it feels gratified to unveil countless relevant contributions made by the Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, T. Nelson Williams.

The pro-democracy group said it is moved with excitement and enthusiasm, congratulate and commend Mr. Williams of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company for his commitment and performance in the discharge of his duty.

"We are gratified and remain committed to acknowledging his tireless effort and devotion of time to the Liberian people job, as Managing Director. This pro-democracy group is cognizant of his trade mark of achievement in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's recent mandate for all government line ministries and agencies to produce one hundred and fifty days deliverables (150)days," the group said.

The group said during this time, Mr. Williams was rated highest and considered as one of the best Managing Directors under President Sirleaf regime by statistical results blended with opinion poll from the public.

Moreover, with no doubt we have been following his remarkable role played during the critical period of transformation, reintegration and reconstruction efforts especially with the availability of petroleum with affordable price in our country.

"We as pro-civil society group is strongly disagreed with the erroneous call from some individuals to the various media institutions misleading the public that there is shortage in the gasoline and fuel products on the Liberian market, as such, said information should not be given credence, because, it is faulty and has no bearing of truth, but only intended to persuade and shift the consumers' minds, so as to make more profit at the detriment of the Liberian people."

In the related development, the group has further called on those who are in the constant habit of providing unsubstantiated information to the public to immediately discontinue and rather seek relevant information through the entity's Public Relations and Managing Director office (s) respectively before going public, so as to adequately be informed about the day today activities of the company. Moreover, we believe that said action has the proclivity to undermine and distort the agenda and the meaningful programs initiated by the leadership of the entity.

"In the foregoing of the facts and presentations, we are excited with the existence of over 1 million gallons of gasoline already on the Liberian market and also on Monday, December 4, 2012, there was a large increase to 140,000 gallons being supplied to distributors nationwide. The management in its related effort negotiated for 5000 tons of petroleum products that are expected in the country between now to the 31 of December, 2012. The management of LPRC has dramatically reduced the price of gasoline by US$0.20 cents and fuel US$0.10 cents respectively. The management further assures the public that proper mechanisms are put into place to closely monitor the current price structure by the Ministry of Commerce, Inspectorate Division to avoid arbitrary hike in the pump price locally. The management in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce further introduced and announced the wholesale price of gasoline is US$4.05 and fuel oil is US$4.33 while, the retail price of gasoline is US$4.23/LD310.00 and that fuel oil is US$4.51/LD325.00."

The group indicated that according to their research conducted and information received, indicates that, some officials of West Oil Group of Company are the prime source and facilitators of the negative propaganda in the media against the LPRC management, adding, "it is not surprising to us that, the West Oil Group of Company will continue to use pay agents to damage the good image and hard earned effort of the company."

Meanwhile, Coalition of Youth and Students to Enhance Peace and Democracy in Liberia wants to commend and salute Mr. T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director of LPRC and his able lieutenants for their level of effort to move the entity to the level of public outcry to level of price stability and reduction thereby making petroleum products affordable and comparable to other countries around the world.

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