The NEWS (Monrovia)

6 February 2013

Liberia: Boima Sports Center Rejects Allegation

The Management of the Boima Folley Sports Center has rejected claims made by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) that it has retrieved US$163,000 for allegedly defaulting on goods and services.

NOCAL in a release Monday, said it prevented a huge loss when the company retrieved from a local vendor, who allegedly defaulted on the delivery of goods and services.

According to the Oil Company, the goods and services were to be procured for the just ended National County Sports Meet.

NOCAL said as part of its policy to promote Liberian businesses, under its local content and participation strategy, contracted the services of the Boima Folley Sports Center, following the PPCC guidelines to supply sports equipment and wears for the County Meet.

However, a NOCAL release disclosed that after all documentations of the guidelines were met, the vendor failed to provide the services even after full payment was deposited into the vendor's account.

In a reaction Tuesday, the Boima Folley Sports Center through its Public Relations Officer Rodoxson Fayah said his entity produced the boots and sneakers as requested by NOCAL prior to the commencement of the County Meet.

He admitted that Boimah Folley Sport Center was contracted by NOCAL in December 2012. In January 2013, the Administrative Assistant of the Sports Center told NOCAL officials that the materials were ready for delivery.

Fayah claimed that officials of NOCAL insisted that they needed the money and were no longer interested in the materials.

"On January 15, 2013, a check of US$163,000 from NOCAL was deposited in the account of Boima Folly as payment for the materials, but when the goods were ready, NOCAL failed to come for it because they wanted the money back which Mr. Folly refused to do," Fayah explained.

He said in the wake of his company's refusal to give the money, NOCAL complained to the Ministry of Justice.

Meanwhile, the matter is being investigated by the office of the County Attorney of Montserado.

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