LIBERIA: “NOCAL Never Threatened With Eviction” – Clarifies GNN Report

The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has again clarified that it has never been threatened with eviction, as has been suggested in an online publication by the Global News Network (GNN).

NOCAL, in a statement, said it is constrained to provide the explanation because despite an earlier clarification by the oil company and the Episcopal Church of Liberia when the story first appeared in the local press in mid-June this year, there is still an apparent deliberate attempt by some media outlets to misrepresent the facts.

NOCAL said it entered into an agreement with the Episcopal Church of Liberia to lease per annum, three floors of the Episcopal Plaza at the cost of US $45,000.00 (Forty-five Thousand United States Dollars) for each floor, and not US $45.000.00 monthly for a floor as was erroneously reported. Under the terms of the lease agreement, NOCAL is obligated to paying to the church a total of US$135,000.00 (One-hundred Thirty-Five Thousand United States Dollars) per annum for the premises.

NOCAL said the company has already made payment in the amount of US$90,000.00 (Ninety-Thousand United States Dollars) to the church. “Processing for the remaining balance of US $45,000.00 (Forty-Five Thousand United States Dollars) is in progress,” the company added in the statement.

NOCAL stated further that the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, Mrs. Juanita Neal, who was misquoted in the local papers regarding the issue, has since issued a clarification, corroborating the facts that the entity has provided. “To date the Church has had no problems receiving payments from NOCAL and this is the first year that payments have been delayed,” said Mrs. Neal in a recent reaction to a story regarding the alleged eviction.

“It is, therefore, our hope that this latest clarification puts to rest once and for all this misleading story regarding NOCAL’s rental obligation to the Episcopal Church of Liberia,” NOCAL urged in the statement.

Meanwhile, The National Company of Liberiahas described as malicious and self-seeking Mr. Harry Greaves’ deliberate campaign of lies and misrepresentations directed against the oil company.

NOCAL observes that Greaves’ campaign of calumny and unsubstantiated criticisms of NOCAL and the Presidency is deriving from the defeat he suffered at the hands of NOCAL late last year, when the Supreme Court threw out his complaint against the oil company over the bidding process involving four oil blocks.

It can be recalled that the former LPRC Managing Director had filed a writ of prohibition against NOCAL to prevent the lease of the four offshore oil blocks and questioning the handling of the bid round for the leasing of the oil blocks.

However and unfortunately for Mr. Greaves, His Honor Philip A.Z. Bank, Associate Justice presiding in chambers, rightly dismissed the claim, stating that Greave’s petition did not show a sufficient basis to warrant the issuance of the alternative writ.

In the wake of this judicial setback, Mr. Greaves vowed and threatened that he would continue the fight against NOCAL—hence his ongoing media campaign against NOCAL, representing a classic case of sour grapes.

The oil company would like Harry Greaves to first remove the dirt in his eyes before attempting to remove someone else’s, as the Liberian media and the general public know very well Greaves’ not-so-impressive work at the LPRC where the running of the entity under his leadership left so much to be desired in terms of transparency.

Meanwhile, NOCAL wishes to refute exaggerated and false claims being made by Mr. Greaves about the salary of the President/CEO who is nowhere making the amount of salary that Mr. Greaves claims he is making.Greaves’ assertions in this regard are therefore unsubstantiated, malicious, unverifiable and completely inaccurate.

A press statement issued by the Director of Public Affairs of NOCAL, Mr. Cyrus Wleh Badio concluded.

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