Liberia: Nocal Rubbishes Media Report

The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has strongly come against reports in the media wrongly labeling the activities and deriding the character of its President & Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Randolph McClain, and dismissing same as "malicious falsehood and bad journalism."

The reports, which are in the form of stories being run in some local newspapers of late, accused Dr, McClain of undermining the ongoing oil sector reform process.

A NOCAL statement under the signature of Mr. Cyrus Badio, Director of Communication quoted Dr. McClain as making it clear that at no time has he undertaken any activity that would undermine the integrity of the ongoing reform in the oil sector as alleged by some local newspapers.

Contrary to what is being alleged in the newspapers concerned, the NOCAL boss said he was working assiduously to ensure that the entity focused on the reform of the sector for the benefit of the country and its people.

"In this regard, the National Oil Company of Liberia official said, NOCAL continues to fully cooperate with all relevant stakeholders, including the National Legislature to ensure a successful outcome of the oil sector reform process," the statement issued at the weekend said.

"The NOCAL President and CEO further made it clear that he is very much aware of his responsibilities as well as his obligations and limitations regarding the sector, and will do nothing to compromise neither the interests of NOCAL nor those of the government regarding the reform process."

Dr. McClain, however, urged media stakeholders who are in the habit of sensationalizing and personalizing issues for ulterior motives to desist.

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