25 February 2013

Liberia: NPA/MD Receives Women Group's Support

A Women's Group leader in the Gardnersville Area Madam Siah Koffeh has presented a resolution of support to the Managing Director of the National Port Authority Matilda Wokie Parker for what she termed as her sense of patriotism, commitment to the nation and the people of Liberia.

In the Resolution on behalf of her pro-Unity Party Women's Group a copy of which was sent to the 'Informer' over the weekend, Madam Koffeh said as a partisan of the ruling Unity Party of which Madam Parker is leader of the Women Congress, she has been following with keen interest the good works that the NPA/MD has been doing for the nation at the ports.

According to her, there are certain individuals within the ports and around the country who feel that the head of the NPA is doing wrong in managing the ports just because their own favorite for the job did not get it. "No two people can occupy the same position at the same time. This is why critics should wait for their turn," she wrote.

Madam Koffeh told the Managing director of the port to remain steadfast and diligence in doing what she feel is good for the people of Liberia and not for selfish individuals whose only interest is to fill up their pocket when given the chance to serve as managing Director of the port.

"We the members of the unity party believe that the people of Liberia are behind the NPA managing director as her primary concern is how to bring improvements into the lives of people in port areas and communities," she said.

"We believe that Madam Parker has been placing emphasis on transparency, honesty, hard-work and above all merit as cardinal virtues of her tenure as head of the port.

'The head of the port has also been striving to ensure that more and more Liberians are given jobs in areas and communities where ports are located in the country such as Monrovia, Buchanan, Greenville and Harper which is a much more noble thing to do than listening to the gossips of the few," she said.

Reading the petition to the NPA boss in the presence of a record crowd, Madam Koffeh admonished the NPA boss to guide against practicing tribalism and seeking the interests of the self.

"We as women must strive to seek the interests of the nation by putting God first although Madam Parker has demonstrated that her over-riding concern is to fight poverty and corruption in the society," she intimated.

Among highlights of the resolution, the women group observed that after past governments have only been concerned with re-paying debts incurred for the construction of the Freeport and other ports in the country, it was during the administration of President Sirleaf that all the debts have been waived by the international community.

The Group said for the first time under Madam Parker the ports of Liberia have realized the need to modernize and to expand, and it is during the tenure of Madam Parker that experts have developed a Master-Plan for the expansion of the ports which when implemented will make the port a borrower of money to government.

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