The Inquirer (Monrovia)

7 February 2013

Liberia: LAA Boss Breaks Silence

The alleged dismissed Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), Ellen Corkrum, has broken silence recounting the false allegation reported in the media that her employment has been terminated by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Musa Bility pursuant to a Board resolution by a unanimous vote of the assembled quorum during its January 28, 2013 meeting.

At a press conference held yesterday in Monrovia, Madam Corkrum told reporters that she feels compelled to respond to numerous false statements issued against her integrity and character and that she wants the public to know that she has not been fired by anyone. "I'm still the MD for LAA. I have not been fired. No letter has been served me concerning dismissal; I only read it in the paper," Madam Corkrum rebutted.

Madam Corkrum accused Mr. Bility of submitting false letter to the Frontpage Africa that the Board has agreed to dismiss her as head of that entity. She described the alleged letter as a fabrication by the Board Chairperson and that there was no resolution regarding her dismissal.

According to her, Mr. Bility did not only speak falsehood about her but committed a crime when he accused the Board Secretary, Cecilia Sio, of being responsible for falsifying the letter that had been leaked to the media.

Madam Corkrum also discovered that Mr. Bility was paying a friend named Mr. Massaquoi Kamara US$8000.00 to act as Board member and CFO in December. When she noticed that, Mr. Bility tried to hide his deal by writing the check in the name of his assistant, Michael Gilayenneh, who works for him at the Liberia Football Association (LFA). "I have a copy of that check signed by Musa Bility," She added.

The MD also disclosed that Bility secretly signed an agreement with a Nigerian company worth millions of dollars without the knowledge of the rest of the board members. "I believe Musa has already received promised monies and kick backs from the company. "When I asked him about that, he told me 'Don't bring that Harvard thing here," Madam Corkrum told newsmen.

After the press conference, a group of reporters called Mr. Bility to respond to the claims made by Madam Corkrum and he promised to react upon his return to the country. Meanwhile, the embattled LAA MD said she is imploring the good offices of the justice department and the judicial system including the police to investigate this matter.

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