|NPA Initiates Strategy To Combat Corruption|
|Published on October 24, 2008||Email To Friend Print Version
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Port Authority (NPA), Dr. C. William Allen, has announced the establishment of a “Whistleblower Fund” to fight corruption at the Freeport of Monrovia and other ports around the country.
Speaking at the close of a two-day “National Workshop on Cargo Shipping and Clearing at Liberia’s Seaports,” Dr. Allen said that he would petition the Board of Directors of the NPA to set aside US10,000.00 (Ten thousand United States dollars) in a special fund to reward persons who disclose credible information about corruption at the Freeport of Monrovia and other ports across the country.
The NPA Board Chairman said that whereas the current management has done a lot to curb corruption at the NPA, there was still systemic corruption and an entrenched group of people at the Port who are bent on maintaining corrupt practices there. “This fund will target those people,” the Board Chairman said.
Dr. Alien added that the modalities of how the fund will operate are still to be worked out, but generally, individuals will be given the opportunity to report corrupt practices, past and present, at the various ports and where a report leads to successful persecution of perpetrators, the person or persons making „ the initial report will receive a reward.
The two-day workshop under the theme “Bringing NPA to the People” was held at the Monrovia City Hall and brought together personnel from the Ministry of Commerce, Bureau of Customs at the Ministry of Finance, and other stakeholders including port users, shipping agents, stevedores, the port truckers associations, and other relevant groups to discuss ways in which procedures at the various ports can be made simple to serve the needs of the public.