The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: CUED to Honor NPA, Maritime Bosses Tomorrow

The Citizens United to Enhance Democracy (CUED) has declared Maritime Commissioner, Beyan Kesselly and National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Madam Maltida Parker as the duxes in obtaining Government of Liberia's one hundred and fifty days deliverables.

According to a statement issued by CUED under the signature of its Executive Director, Mr. Arthur Jikpamu said after thorough assessment and evaluation of various programs of every government institution by its executives, among twenty government institutions, the two individuals and their institutions were honored.

Grading the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA) the group lauded the institution for the 227 students currently accommodated on the LMA domestic scholarship comprising 165 in tertiary institutions and 62 secondary schools around the country.

CUED said more importantly, the beaches and waterways project, launched in2011, now employs 1,922 persons from coastal communities and contribute to community empowerment, health and sanitation.

CUED noted that this program is in direct support of the President's job creation initiative stressing that estimated revenue to central government for the calendar year 2012 is US$19,100,000.00. The group said of this amount, US$12,457,588.00 has already been remitted directly to central Government's account and an additional US$6,642,412.00 was expected to be remitted for the month ending November and December 2012.

Citing other achievements during the year, CUED said the Maritime Commissioner with his entity has been graded A-plus. On the National Port Authority (NPA) CUED said its management sought to address one of its biggest needs during the year including the issues of spacing and allocation.

The group said the NPA can also take credit for a recent finding by the World Bank's Doing Business 2012 Survey that Liberia made cross-border trading faster by implementing online submission of customs forms available through ASYCUDA (Automated System of Customs Data) enhancing inspection and custom clearance at the Freeport of Monrovia.

Meanwhile, the two officials are expected to be honored in Monrovia today for their dedication to their duties.

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