20 March 2013

Liberia: Whistle Blowers Writes President Sirleaf


We would like to draw your attention to series of corruption, abuse of power/corporate property, poor judgment of the recent restructuring exercise and disenchantment of employees at the LPRC.

Which include the top/Big four (4) management team and the board of directors; we strongly feel it has reach to the place where the entire management team with its Board of Directors must take an exit similar to what you did at the NPA.

Please allow us to give you a brief analysis of the categories of which we stated above in dealing with officials of the top management team and Board of Directors.

Let us begin with the Managing Director - Hon. T. Nelson Williams, II

1. Corruption:

A. Investment

a. Renovating his parent home at the cost of US$65,000.00 and is currently being lease on SKD Boulevard.

b. Bought a home on the Police Academy Road at the cost of US$225.000.00 now his residence. The cost of renovation was at US$150,000.00.

c. Bought property in Marshall near the beach for US$80,000.00 and build a guest house at the cost of US$200,000.00.

d. Renovated his parent home in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County at a total sum of US$210,000.00, currently being used as a guest house.

e. Received a token from Motherwell Bridge contractor of LPRC, PST Renovation Project where he purchased a home in Accra, Ghana at the cost of US$230,000.00.

B. Deals made at the office

a. The Truck Loading Order (TLO). These are tickets which are inserted into the meter to load the product into the truck. A Purchase Order was signed by the MD and the Comptroller at a cost of US$90,000.00 for 10 boxes of tickets of which the vendor has already been paid, but the tickets could not be used only because it was the wrong spec.

It still sits in the warehouse getting dusty. Beside Hon. Williams and the Comptroller were advised that the old stock of TLO at the warehouse could last for the next 28 months, but they chose to ignore it. Hon. Williams and the Comptroller received the total sum of US$40,000.00 as kickback. He also paid the sum of US$90,000.00 to Subah & Belleh Associates for restructuring the company, a job which was unsatisfactory done. He received a kickback in the amount of US$30,000.00 as thank you because he overturned the decision recommended by the bidding committee of another company who won.

C. Trucking Company - Office located at the Old Defense Ministry on Benson Street.

1. Hon. Williams have a trucking company of which he purchased four trucks to haul petroleum products from the LPRC yard. The purchase price of each of the truck was-

at the cost of US$40,000.00, totaling US$160,000.00. We consider this as a conflict of interest.

D. Losses of Product/Claims

1. Hon. Williams earn a total of US$200,000.00 annually as kickback from Importers, because he has them inflate the Demurrage/Claims fees to where he benefits.

LPRC paid the Demurrage/ Claims fees to the Importers after vessel discharged.

2. Abuse of Power/Corporate Property

a. Hon. Williams is in the constant habit of transferring employees to areas which is outside of their discipline based on rumors, gossips and lies. He doesn't care to conduct investigation. He acts on impulse. We feel this is a bad management style, especially coming from a man with 15 plus years of experience in human resource management as stated on his resume. He doesn't care if the decision he takes affect the company, all he's concern about is his chopping.

b. Hon. Williams hate descending views from employees. Whenever, that happens the employee (s) is branded as against the ideology of the company. The employee (s) will be placed on his black list as being wicked.

c. Hon. Williams has a very bad habit when it comes to the use of company vehicles. He received over 1000 plus gallons of mixed products in coupons every month for vehicles assigned to him, but he rather used the monthly allotment that is available at the pump house for the use of the utility buses and vehicles to take employees home, needless to say that some members of the Board of Directors also enjoy the privileged of fueling at the pump house instead of using the their monthly coupons to fuel at the local stations. This act is not in the interest of the company and needs to stop.

3. Poor Judgment on Restructuring Exercises

a. The company recently when through a restructuring exercise which lacks details information.

The restructuring was done without an organizational chart being prepared for the company and to explain the entire procedure to employees for easy transition and/or clear understanding as to the process.

b. The process begins to where Directors were brought down to Managers and Managers subsequently was reduced to the post of Assistant Managers.

This we feel was inequity to the plight of the people whereby causing a serious breakdown in moral, commitment and degrading to those individual that was affected. We feel that this approach was very wrong especially with the disparity in salary of the Manager at US$4,000.00 and Assistant Manager which is at US$1,400.00 plus $500 car allowance. In our opinion, the management team lacks the ability to conduct an exercise in this manner or style. We feel that this exercise was wrong and needs correction.

c. On the part of the Deputy Managing Director for Administration-Hon. Jackson F. Doe, Jr.

One made sit and wonder where did he obtain his education from that has to do with administration. Hon. Doe lacks the ability to administered or organized well. Starting from his office, documents get missing within a few minute or hours time. Mis-placement of employee and abused of company vehicles on a regular basis to travel to his home town in Nimba, instead of using his monthly coupons and assigned vehicle. Tribalism and being a big show man is his game. He lacks planning, organizing and implementing, he is very weak and a womanizer. He lacks vision and it is killing the company gradually.

d. On the part of the Deputy Managing Director for Operation- Hon. Aaron Wheargar, II

He is a slide operator. He is the implementer from the Importer to the Managing Director and Comptroller. He bought a home in Ghana thru the Motherwell Project at PST, at the cost of US$175,000.00 as his share of the kickbacks. He lacks vision and is very indecisive. He also receives kickbacks from the Demurrages/Claims from Importers in the amount of US$150,000.00 per annual.

e. On the part of the Comptroller- Hon. Matu Tubman

She claimed that she is a Presidential Appointee and received the same salary as the two Deputy Presidential Appointees, in the amount of US$6,500.00 plus 500 gals mixed product in coupons, we are wondering as to which State in the United States she obtained her CPA, because she lacks the ability to comprehend and defend the CPA that she claimed to have. When it comes to budget justification, she usually send the Chief Accountant. She is a show woman with consistent news of her and the President Sirleaf eating breakfast together. She acts disorderly and is very rude. She is at all times seen boasting and bragging, she is also arrogant and full of confusion. She approves every cheque that has to do with chopping, but when it comes to the ones that have to do with the company's operation and employees benefits, she puts a hold on it. She is very corrupt. She also travels to Lebanon with the Senior Procurement Officer to inspect (TLO) Truck Loading Order which is value at the cost of US$300,000.00 one wonder while the Comptroller will have to travel to Lebanon to inspect the TLO. Why the US$90,000.00 TLO was not inspected before final payment was mad? She also received a kickback while in Lebanon. She also lacks vision like the rest of the top management team as well.

f. The Chairman and one of its Member/ Board of Directors

When it comes to the Chairman of the Board and the one of its member in person of Manu Kamara, they seem to be fully involved in the day to day operations of the company. They are there three times in the week as if they are employees. For each day there are at work, they are compensated with breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks along with fueling of their cars at the pump house. We wonder if this is a mandate from the President for them to be involved in the running of the day-to-day affairs of the company. The Chairman also requested a vehicle which was sole source at the cost of US$50,000.00. In the 2013 budget, the Board sitting fees and other compensation has been increased by 45% over the 2012 budget.

In view of the above mentioned, we hope this will claimed your most urgent attention Madam President. We look forward to your speedy intervention in these matters to the save the company from further destruction.

We remain,

Respectfully yours,

Kabineh Sumawolo

Whistle Blowers

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