Corruption Rocks NPA Under David Williams’ As US$1.6m Contract Given To Lebanese Businessman Without Scrutinizing Properly Exposed

MR> DAVID WILLIAMS, MANAGING DIRECTOR - NATIONAL PORT AUTHORITY
MR> DAVID WILLIAMS, MANAGING DIRECTOR – NATIONAL PORT AUTHORITY

Report being featured in a local weekly today has disclosed that the most favored Managing Director of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the National Port Authority (NPA) is be entangled with massive corruption after his confirmation to head the nation’s gateway to its national economy.

Mr. David Williams who anxiously took over after the exit of Madam Matilda W. Parker as Managing Director of the entity who was reportedly denigrated by many including Mr. Williams who previously served as her Deputy for alleged linked to corruption and dragged to court awaiting adjudication has allegedly engulfed with corruption.

According to the People’s newspaper June 6, 2016, Volume 4, Number 40, entitled: “CORRUPTION AT NPA” featured on its front page photos of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her newly appointed Managing Director of the NPA< Mr. David Williams, the paper said its investigation carried out has discovered an alleged corruption syndicate at the entity involving awarding of the concrete pavement contract of the port facilitates to a Lebanese Company ADI Contractors.

According to the paper, the management of the NPA awarded a One Million Six Hundred Thousands United States Dollars (US$1.6M) contract to the ADI contractors for concrete pavement of the port facilities without proper evaluation of the bid submitted by the contractor.

According to the paper, quoting the report obtained, key members of t’ for the Bid Evaluation Committee, including Mr. David Williams who is the Managing Director of the NPA allegedly requested and received ‘Kickbacks from the ADI Contractors” in order to prefer the company for the bid.

According to the investigation, the NPA allegedly breached its bid qualification by awarding the contract to ADI Contractors without establishing ADI Contractors’ experience in performing said task. Report further indicated that the contractors have no experience in constructing concrete pavement, which should have automatically disqualified the company from winning the bid.

However, according to the paper, other companies that reportedly participated in the bidding process have reportedly begun agitating about the misgivings of the process.

Some of the bidders, according to the paper are claiming that the ADI Contractors consented to paying ‘Kickbacks’ to the Bid Evaluation Committee as way of qualifying them for the contract, even though the ADI contractors lacked the requisite qualification for the contract.

When this outlet contacting the Public Relations Manager of the entity via mobile phone, Mr. Malcolm Scott, he described the report as ‘trash’ and refused to make further comment.

Detail of this report will be featured in our subsequent posting. Investigation continues.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.