‘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

Samuel Eto’o signs for Qatar league side

first_imgThe club said on social media that it would “present the international star Samuel Eto’o” at a press conference.It is understood he underwent a medical earlier in the day.The four-time African player of the year will join former colleagues in Qatar, including ex-Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez, who plays for Al Sadd, and Wesley Sneijder who was at Inter with Eto’o.In 2009, Eto’o won the Champions League with Barcelona playing alongside Xavi. A year later he won the same trophy with Inter in the same team as Sneijder.The Dutchman now plays for Al Gharafa in Qatar’s domestic competition, the Qatar Stars League.The signing is a coup for Qatar Sports Club, who finished in mid-table last season and currently have little hope of winning any domestic titles.Earlier on Monday Eto’o said Ligue 1 clubs had contacted him after he announced he was leaving Turkey last week. The 37-year-old is now in the twilight of a fabulous career.He enjoyed five hugely successful seasons with Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, before helping Jose Mourinho’s Inter team to win the treble of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in his first season in Italy.He then had brief stints at Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League. Eto’o also scored 56 times for his country in 118 appearances and won two African Cup of Nations with Cameroon.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker will be unveiled on Tuesday, said Qatar Sports Club, the latest big-name edition to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.DOHA, Qatar, Aug 14 – Veteran Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o has signed for Qatar league side, Qatar Sports Club, it was announced Monday, just days after he ended a brief stay at Turkish side Konyaspor.The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker will be unveiled on Tuesday, said Qatar Sports Club, the latest big-name edition to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.last_img read more