“The leadership of Liberia must take full responsibility of the crisis at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), and that those who have been ordered to receive their benefits should not,” words of former Public Works Minister, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods when he spoke to some group of women under the banner the Women in Peace Building Network (WIPNET) yesterday in Sinkor.
He quarried President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for ordering that those officials who have been removed from the services of NOCAL should receive benefits, noting, “It is unfair that those who have already mismanaged millions of United States Dollars at NOCAL are to be awarded with huge cash benefits.”
Attorney Woods called on the Liberian leader order for a thorough investigation of the activities of the Board of Directors of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) headed by Mr. Seward Cooper in order to establish the actual facts surrounding the mismanagement of funds at that oil company. “This devil must be prayed to hell”, he told the women group.
He demystified those he said were his detractors who only want glory at the detriment of others, making reference during his tenure as Minister at the Ministry of Public Works where he said his services at that entity proved lucidity after being audited twice followed his resignation.
Speaking further, Attorney Woods called on the Liberian Government to institute an auditing system for all cabinet ministers following their departure from their respective positions.
He said injustices have been put on innocent people, especially those who were detailed in Sinoe County without trial making them to endlessly be behind bars without trial.
Earlier, the Advocacy Officer of the organization Madam, Bernice Freeman welcomed Attorney Woods and his delegation to the WIPNET Hub, and outlined their role in helping to expose ills in the Liberian society.
For her part, an official of WIPNET, Madam Cecelia Danuweli thanked Attorney Woods for his visit at the WIPNET Hub, and praised him for his initial contribution in the construction of the WIPNET Hub, and also lauded him for his advocacy over the years.
Over two hundred women from various religious organizations who are part of WIPNET Liberia turned out to listen to Attorney Woods during the interactive program.
The women in their numbers sang and danced to traditional religious songs as they expressed their thanks and appreciation to Attorney Woods and his delegation.