Monrovia — The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has donated three buses to the National Transit Authority to help boost the NTA capacity to provide affordable commercial public transport to the public.
Valued at US$204,000.00 (two-hundred & four thousand), the buses were part of a consignment of nine buses turned over Wednesday (May 22, 2014) to the NTA by the Government of Liberia.
Presenting the keys of the buses to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at a ceremony on Wednesday at the National Port Authority, Counselor Althea Sherman, Chief Operating Officer of NOCAL, reaffirmed the company's commitment to improving the lives of the people of Liberia through its corporate social responsibility initiatives.
She said through its Corporate Social Responsibility, NOCAL will continue to be faithful to one of its core responsibilities of "giving back to the society." Cllr. Sherman noted that "Public transport, much like our port, is critical to the economy as well as to the social wellbeing of our people."
In addition to the donation of three buses, Cllr. Sherman disclosed that NOCAL is also providing funding for the construction of three bus terminals for passengers in Grand Cape Mount, Margibi and Bong Counties, valued at $450,000.000 (four-hundred & fifty-thousand), bringing the overall total value of NOCAL's collaboration with the NTA at US$654,000.00 (six-hundred & fifty-four thousand).
Dedicating the buses later, Vice President Joseph Boakai thanked NOCAL for its interventions in the public transport sector, noting that the mobility of people is a very important part of economic development.
For his part, Tarnue Jeke, Managing Director of the NTA, while extoling NOCAL for the immense financial contributions to the NTA, pointed out that the donation of the buses will reduce the gap between those with and those without access to transportation. Mr. Jeke reiterated the NTA's obligation to provide the public access to affordable, reliable and convenient means of public transportation.
Also making remarks at the dedication program was the Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Port Authority, Minister Morris Dukuly, who thanked NOCAL for the gesture, which he described as "a true demonstration of your corporate social responsibility."
NOCAL has over the years also made significant interventions in the areas of health, education, housing and sports, among other social projects as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative.