Col. Gregory Coleman: The Man At The Helm Of NBC Is Robustly Making The Difference

Col. Gregory Coleman, Director General National Bureau Of Concession

Noticing his previous role as a paramilitary giant, and now transitioning to a civil status clothe with the authority to head one of the important components of the Liberian government structural sector, the National Bureau of Concession (NBC), Col Gregory Coleman has been speaking to the GNN about his new portfolio as Director General.

Stressing on his transitioning from a paramilitary posture to a civilian one, the former Liberia National Police boss said he was rapidly able overcome his nightmare, and is ideally seated as the Director General of the NBC, despite all of the challenges being faced with since he took over that institution

Employees and Director General Coleman in a photo snap

Speaking on some of the challenges he faced with at the NBC, Col Coleman quietly seated behind his desk, said some of the challenges including financial and logistical have been overcome after reaching out to donors agencies with their support including the UN Women, and the UN Peacebuilding  Office support  through UNDP came to the rescue of the entity.

He lauded these agencies for their continuing support towards the operation of the NDC, and further bragged of his success story since his ascendency, on the robust evaluation of concession agreements with concessionaires, working closely with the National Investment Commission (INC) through a robust support, and making sure that these concessionaires including GVL Oil Palm plantation, Arcelormittal and Sime Darby are operated freely without tension driven these are some of our achievements, Col. Coleman speaking to the GNN said.

Monitoring visit at Sime Diaby Plantation Liberia by NBC and its Inter Ministerial Concessions Monitoring Team. Review of the company’s files to validate reports of its operation

Narrating more about his achievements at the NDC since he was appointed nearly two years ago by President George Manneh Weah, Col. Coleman further detailed, that his institution was very instrumental in settling numerous disputes within many of these concessionaires; building confidence between employees and their respective employers.

Over the years, Col. Coleman being a former security officer has been doing all in his professional standpoint to build a peaceful resolution of conflicts whenever such arises within these concessional areas, adding that his usual presence at most of these areas generates his popularity as a peace initiator whose utmost concern is see a long lasting peaceful working environment, most importantly working closely with the community.

The EISD Project, which component established 15 MSPs around concessions in the country has ended when a national conference with these MSPs that included stake holders, concessions, partners, CSOs, local leaders and the media was held in Gompa City last week. As part of the project outcomes, the MSPs were trained to get engage with livelihood activities so as to reduce dependency on the concessions. Some of these trainings that involved other partners look at agricultural activities. These photos show SAPAD, one of the MSPs around the SDPL in Bomi agricultural projects in cassava and rice production for sustainability.

Speaking on the issue of his role models, Col. Coleman, a father of three, who has been in the public service for 19 years in a rather relaxed mood, said he considered the late Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, a British statesman, orator, and author, Barrack Obama; former United States President and Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as his role models, noting that they made what he called contributions to their respective countries and peoples.

Col. Coleman also disclosed that he is proposing an Act to the President aimed at reducing the power of the Director General of the NBC, noting that even if he is out as Director General, that Act must be passed which will be in the interest of the entity, urging peaceful protesters or would be protesters to desist from such act, noting that it is not healthy for Liberia’s democracy which has the propensity of scaring out investors.

Part two of this interview will be posted in our subsequent news.

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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.