‘Investigate Robert Sirleaf’ For NOCAL Breakdown

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Mr. Simeon Freeman, has called for thorough investigation of the regime of Mr. Robert Sirleaf when he served as chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).He made the statement over the weekend in a press conference held in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.He said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed Mr. Sirleaf who he described as “a failed Wachovia banker” to head NOCAL, that he claimed he would have strengthened NOCAL’s weaknesses; attract American Investors to Liberia’s oil sector and make NOCAL internationally competitive.He said during Mr. Sirleaf’s tenure, the records showed that Mr. Sirleaf hired NOCAL’s Interim Management Team of 300; $7 million in its budget; brought in NOCAL’s Chief Operating Officer – Cllr. Althea Eastman Sherman – who should have been the first on the dismissal list without pay or bear one of the greatest responsibilities for the huge overspending at the firm. He also said Cllr. Sherman, who is Mr. Sirleaf’s best friend and a 1978 former classmate from CWA the Vice President for Finance and another Robert Sirleaf appointee – Karmo D. Ville – who ran the firm’s financial affairs and should have borne the greatest responsibility for the firm’s failure. He said these individuals mentioned are being empowered to transition a firm which, he alleged, Mr. Sirleaf ruined.He asserted that in order to boost NOCAL’s operations, Mr. Sirleaf should have reduced NOCAL’s workforce to 50 as part of his reorganizational plans, using his appointed chief operating and finance officers. Mr. Sirleaf should have reduced NOCAL’s wage bill drastically and overhauled its executive, removing several vice presidents who received fabulous salaries and benefits.“Madam Sirleaf on August 25, 2015 addressed the nation on the state of affairs at NOCAL. Certain declarations caught our attention: the immediate resignation of the vice president for Administration, Corporate Social Relations and Public Affairs; the establishment of an Interim Transitional Team comprising of the Chief Operating Officer, the vice president for Finance, the vice president for Technical Services, reduction of the total institutional workforce to 50 persons; and reducing the size of the board.“The three vice presidents who were asked to resign are regular appointees with no special attachments to Robert or Madam Sirleaf, they were not the core officers running the daily affairs of NOCAL and NOCAL’s failure can be squarely blamed on the 3 actors asked to transition the very firm they ruined,” Mr. Freeman said.He disclosed that it is unclear which of the persons were dropped from the board, but they are all confidants of President Sirleaf and Mr. Sirleaf. He named such confidants of the president as Mr. Seward Cooper, Chairman; Fred Bass Golokeh, Vice Chairman; Amara Konneh, member; Patrick Sendolo, Member; Joseph Howe, member; Ms. Jacqueline Khoury, member; and Peter Bonner Jallah, member. “Those who enjoyed less support from Mr. Sirleaf could have been dropped because, in President Sirleaf’s statement, she endorsed the board’s action and took the blame for NOCAL’s state of affairs, which is unclear what the mandate of the board was and why did the very board finally come to this position when it could have done this several years ago.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nelles property listed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Fixer-upper with great potential. Close to shopping. Forty-five buildings. Great yard. Very secure. Appraised at $108 million, but will take best offer. For the first time, the 75-acre former site of the Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility on Whittier Boulevard has been put up for sale to the general public. The California Department of General Services this week placed an advertisement for the property on its Web site: www.resd.dgs.ca.gov/StateSurplusProperty/default.htm. Bidding ends March 17. The site does not list a price, but the property has been appraised at about $108 million, according to state officials. The listing was a disappointment for city officials, who had hoped to buy the property before it went to bid. Senate Bill 1102, a budget bill Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, helped write, gave the city the first chance to work with the state on a price for the property. The city, along with development partners from four private companies, offered the state $83 million – a bid rejected as too low by state officials. The process left a sour taste in the mouths of city officials, who said they did their best to work out a deal with the state but felt state officials never made a serious effort to work out a deal with the city. “I don’t know if the state ever really intended to complete the process and give us a real shot at it,” said Mayor Greg Nordbak. The city will still control the zoning on the property, he said. “No matter what, Whittier wins,” he said. The city has one last chance to take its offer before the state’s Public Works Board on Tuesday, but it is unlikely the city will appeal, Nordbak said. State officials said they took Whittier’s offer seriously, but they felt they could get a better price on the open market. The 104-year-old facility was closed in 2004 after state auditors determined that the prison needed about $75 million in upgrades. ben.baeder@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703last_img read more