LIBERIA: NPA Managing Diretor, Parker’s Proficiency On ETU Project Wins Admiration – By Malcolm Scott/ Manager, NPA Public Affairs

The capable leadership ability of Madam  Matilda Wokie Parker, Managing Director of the National Port Authority, continue  to  lug   immeasurable  admiration and accolades   to her credit due to  series of remarkable  achievements  she’s has  won for herself and the Society at lager  over the  years.  

In lure of this, a host of co-workers including top executive leaders worldwide often call her the   Visionary team player with the proficiency to make things happen.  

Undoubtedly, this was the case on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 when his Excellency Joseph N. Boakia , Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, paid special homage to   Madam Parker for   her dedicated  role played in ensuring the timely completion of a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) at the Unity Conference Center.

The Project which is an initiative of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc is geared towards assisting the Government of Liberia in the provision of a critical need in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease.   

Referring to the NPA Managing Director and her team of Co-workers as “These are the Leaders,” The Liberian Vice President acknowledged the exceptional leadership responsibility of Madam Parker as manager of the Project and praised  her team of hardworking professionals and their  as their partners   for the job well done.

 “I want to do a special recognition of the Matilda Parker and others…these were the leaders here. We want to thank all of you for your great contribution.” Says the Vice President.

Speaking further in a rather well-mannered tone, VP Boakai said the courageous behavior on the part of Madam Parker and her team of Professionals during these difficult periods   should not be restricted to the current situation but that it should imbue a spirit of oneness to move Liberia forward.

According to him, Liberians can now realize that they  can come together and do something good for our country adding he  was impressed when he traveled  to Bomi and saw officers of the AFL actively involved in construction of ETUs in that part of the country.

For her Part, Madam Parker recognized the contributions of APM Terminals, Maesk Line, and other well-meaning institutions that helped in ensuring the successful implementation of the project.
She told the dedicatory ceremony of an array of high profile dignitaries including United States Ambassador Deborah Malac, that project lasted for forty-two (42) day from start to completion;

Indicating further that construction of such facility did not cross the mind the “House of Alpha” but the call from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for every individual and organization to join hands in order to help the Liberian government to eradicate the Ebola Virus Disease from the country.

The NPA boss said twenty-six (26) bathrooms, a triage area and separate compartments are within the facility in addition to the 100 beds.

She said probable, confirmed and suspected cases have separate areas in order to avoid mixing the confirmed cases with the others. Madam Parker also said arrangements are also being made for the availability of transportation due to the location of the center.

“As Alpha, we don’t implement and walk away. One of the things we have done is that we have negotiated for three (3) months of medical supplies to the facility. We will also have packages for every patient that will be discharged from this treatment center” Madam Parker said.

 According to her, “House of Alpha” which comprises Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc have recommitted themselves to buttressing the Liberian government’s efforts in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease that is reigning havoc on the West African sub-region.

The NPA Managing Director further assured that the interventions of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’ will not seized     until the Ebola Virus is eradicated from Liberia.

She called on all Liberians to stop those practices that are counterproductive to containing further spread and   transmission of this virus.  


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