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Pres. Sirleaf Nails NPA MD, Other Officials

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MONROVIA, April 22 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has suspended the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Mrs. Matilda W. Parker, and the Comptroller, Mrs. Christina K. Pealay.

In a special statement announcing the suspensions Wednesday evening, President Sirleaf said her actions were based on the findings of an investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).

The Liberian leader has directed the Ministry of Justice to collaborate with the LACC, and all accused persons associated with the investigation, to inform additional actions, should they be required.

In an unrelated development, President Sirleaf also suspended all members of the NPA Board, except for statutory members of the Board of Directors of the NPA and the Chairperson who was recently named.

The President additionally instructed Presidential Affairs Minister Edward McClain to immediately liaise with all chairpersons of Boards of all State-owned Enterprises to collate, and report to her, all resolutions which have been passed by these Boards, especially on board fees, benefits and other compensations.

The President said where it is established that Boards have assigned emoluments to chairpersons and members that are inconsistent with established policies of her administration, she will reverse all such resolutions. 

The President said she will “not hesitate to direct additional remedies, should they be required, to cure such unacceptable actions, wherever they are found to be practiced.”