Heritage (Monrovia)

Liberia: Don-Kan Management Challenges Commerce Ministry Report

MONROVIA - The Management of Don-Kan Incorporated through its Deputy Manager and Vice President has categorically refuted recent report by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), indicating that the gas station failed the Compliance and Conformity Criteria Rating (CCPR) survey conducted by the Ministry.

Don-Kan Inc. is an importer and dealer of petroleum products.

According to the MoCI's findings report, 13 out of the 18 gas stations inspected are categorized into Class F, while only two are categorized into Class A, one into Class B and two into Class D.

The report divulged that the Capitol Bye-Pass and Congo Town branches of the Don-Kan Gas Station scored 16.0 and 21.5 respectively, and as such, they are placed into Class F.

But in a chat with this paper over the weekend, Mr. Vamba S. Donzo, Deputy Manager of the company said the survey does not in any way represent the true image of the gas station in terms of quality service delivery and product quantity.

"We challenge that report to the letter. That survey did not tell the truth about us. We were taken aback when we heard that report in the public," said Mr. Donzo.

"Categorically, that report is a complete falsehood about our operations. In fact, if the Ministry did such a survey, we, as an entity involved should have been contacted before even announcing it to the media. I think this was a conspiracy against us, and there is no reason for which they should conspire against us.

We are going to follow this to the last end," the Don-Kan Deputy Manager pointed out.

Mr. Donzo also denied report that its Capitol Bye-Pass branch was serving half gallon to customers instead of one gallon, as contained in the Commerce Ministry's findings.

According to him, Don-Kan, which is the supplier of the Ministry (MoCI), had never on any occasion been confronted on such issue by the Ministry.

He added: "We are reviewing all possible options to see what way to go next. As I speak to you, we are consulting with our lawyer."

For his part, the Vice President of Don-Kan Inc, Mr. Sekou Donzo, said the report clearly depicts that the Minister of Commerce, Mr. Axel Addy was misled by his team of technicians who conducted the survey.

He pointed out that everything reported about the entity (Don-Kan) in the MoCI's survey was false and misleading.

Mr. Donzo noted that the act of the Minister to tell customers which stations to buy from while releasing the report was unacceptable, and a clear violation of his role as Minister of Commerce, who should rather play a referee role.

By doing this, the Don-Kan Vice President stated that the Minister was playing the role of a Public Relations Officer for other companies, rather than playing a neutral role as he should.

He also refuted report that the Capitol Bye-Pass and Congo Town branches of the gas station were not duly registered, adding: "All of our stations are duly registered. We regularize our registration every year. In fact, we are a committed taxpayer to the Government of Liberia."

Meanwhile, the management of Don-Kan has called on all of its customers not to be deterred by the report, assuring them of its commitment to provide quality and convenient services at all of its service stations nationwide.

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