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The House of Representatives is inviting the managing director of the National Port Authority to provide clarity on revenue and expenditures since taking office.

By Bridgett Milton

Monrovia, Liberia, July 10, 2024- The House of Representatives invited the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Sekou H. Dukuly. to appear before Plenary on Thursday, 11 July, to provide clarity about complex and dangling figures revenue and expenditure at the Port of Monrovia.

The House of Representatives decision followed a communication from Montserrado County District # 9 Representative Frank Saah Foko.

According to Rep. Foko, MD Dukuly made conflicting accounts of over US$14 million in revenue generated in five months under his administration and contributed US$2 million towards the 2024 National Budget.

The lawmaker notes that in separate interactions, a post-dated 26 June 2024 and a public appearance at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism regular briefing on 25 June 2024, Mr. Dukuly stated that “the NPA raised $14M in 5 months from its operations.” He further stated that $6M cash was in the Bank, while the entity made a $2M contribution to the National Budget in 5 Months.

“Hon. Speaker and colleagues, the NPA boss claimed that during the administration of former President George Weah, the NPA only contributed $4 million to the government. Fortunately, the Local Voices, a fact check group funded by USAID, did an accountability clinical examination and revealed the NPA boss’ statement was completely erroneous”, Rep. Foko recalls.

He says that beyond these disinformation claims, it will interest the House of Representatives to note that the NPA boss in “Prudence and Openness” boasts of a $2M contribution to the national coffers and $6M in the entity’s account out of the $14M he raised.

Foko continues by analyzing Mr. Kamara’s statements, suggesting that over $6 million remains unaccounted for or was probably expended on a “risky mission” that does not seek the interest of the people of Liberia.

“Currently, our schools across the country are in a dilapidated state, hospitals lack medication, roads are in terrible conditions, yet a government entity is allegedly using US$6M in six months with no accountability.”

Following reading and floor debate on the instrument, a motion proffered by Margibi County Electoral District #5 Representative Clarence Gahr was accepted and endorsed that the NPA Boss appear this Thursday, 11 July, before the full body of the House of Representatives. Editing by Jonathan Browne

Source of original article: Business Archives – Liberia news The New Dawn Liberia, premier resource for latest news (thenewdawnliberia.com).
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