NPA Stops All Employments - As New MD Takes Over

Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted January 30, 2006


The New Management of the National Port Authority through the Board of Directors has placed a moratorium on all new employments.

Making the disclosure during the first Board Meeting yesterday, the Chairman of the NPA Board, Mr. Musa Bility also announced the review of all contract and leases.

He instructed the management to review the current security situation and report to the Board within seven days.

Mr. Bility further disclosed that the present Management has assumed responsibility over all its outstanding ports leased by previous governments.

The ports, which include Harper, Greenville and Buchanan were privatized during the NPP-led government.

Meanwhile, the outgoing Managing Director of NPA, Joe Gbalah, yesterday turned over the gavel of authority to Togbah Ngangana.

In his brief statement during the occasion Mr. Bility said they have come at the NPA with the hope of making the port regain its lost status over the years.

He said the NPA will remain an autonomous agency during their tenure and will fully support the new management in discharging its functions but was quick to remind the public that the board will not tolerate interference from any other agency in its operations.

Mr. Bility who also received the gavel from the outgoing chairperson, D. Musuleng Cooper, urged the Managing Director not to allow sentiments override his functions at the port.

For his part, the outgoing Managing Director Joe Gbala, welcomed the new administration saying that the NPA has built itself over the years by placing emphasis on training. He however urged the incoming administration to continue building the capacity of the workers through training.

Receiving the gavel to manage the affairs of the port, the new Managing Director, Togba Ngangana, expressed his thanks and appreciation to the board for his preferment and promised to bring in new dynamism at the port.

He indicated that the NPA will be strengthened to regain its prewar status as they will try to revamp the entity in this postwar reconstruction period.

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