Liberian leader George Weah has finally acted upon the Trokon Kpen’s report after a week of thorough review process.
According to the report President Weah dismissed Bobby Brown, Deputy Managing Director for Operations of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, for gross negligence and fraudulent activities.
Mr. Brown will be investigated by the appropriate authorities and, if found guilty, will be prosecuted under the full weight of the law.
During this process, any other personnel found to be directly linked to illegality with regards to petroleum movements will face prompt administrative actions, and will also face prosecution under the law, the report noted.
Additionally, the report stated that All petroleum importers who currently have payments for provisional lifting products still outstanding are hereby given 90 days to restitute the products, either in cash or in kind; and petroleum importers that willfully transferred products stored at their facilities are also given 90 days to restitute the products, either in cash or in kind.
The Ministry of Justice is hereby ordered to place such importers in receivership until the products are recovered. Failure to replenish the products within the specified time will result in revocation of importers license and forfeiture of allocated storage facilities.
Not only Government officials but some business people and institutions also fall prey to the some of the recommendations presented by the investigation team as All petroleum importers licenses are hereby suspended, and are to be individually subjected to a performance-based review covering the period January 2017 to January 2020. Re-activation of licenses will be done on a case-by-case basis, and those that do not meet performance and capacity requirements satisfactory to the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company will be subject to revocation.
Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia wishes to assure petroleum importers that all products accepted into the storage facilities of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company will be protected from fraudulent and illegal manipulation, going forward.
The Liberian leader decision followed recent petroleum hullabaloo in the Country which to certain extend strangulated the smooth movement of people Nationally.
In a drive to find out what exactly happen the special presidential task force headed by the Minister of State Without Portfolio Trokon Kpeh was set up to investigate the matter.
The committee set by President Weah was among other things intended to identify the cause of the recent petroleum shortage in Liberia; as well as the variances between importers stocks balances and the actual stock balances of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company and has therefore taken the decisions in line with best practices.
Now with the decision taken by Dr. Weah after consultation and a critical review of the situation, it is hoped that it will serve as keyand strategic warning pillar to avoid the recurrence of the nearly a month of petroleum saga in Liberia.