GNN Profile Of The Week: LPRC Managing Director Is Our Profile Of This Week – Professor Sumo Kupee

Professor Sumo G. Kupee, Managing Director LPRC
Professor Sumo G. Kupee, Managing Director LPRC

This informative and widely browse online newspaper (  is once again introducing another segment aimed at highlighting the important role individuals and institutions play in the growth and development of  Liberia; the rapid development of its human resources.

This week, GNN-Liberia Profile Of The Week is today spotlighting the Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), his professional and managerial contributions since ascending to that very important public corporation as its head.

Professor Sumo G. Kupee, affectionately call ‘Prof’ is one of Liberia’s respectable Administrators and Economists who many referred to as the most experienced Administrator in Development Planning and Public Financial Management.

Due to the commitment and love for his beloved Country, Liberia and his willingness to see Liberia shine among the comity of nations, Prof. Kupee served in many capacities making sure Liberia overcome those challenges ahead.

Our Profile of the Week has served in the Liberian public sector occupying a number of managerial positions including Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Liberia (Now Central Bank of Liberia), Commissioner of Customs & Excise and Special Assistant and Fiscal Policy Advisor in the Office of the Minister of Finance (Now Ministry of Finance, Development & Planning).

Prof. Kupee, a soft-spoken gentlemen, prior to his appointment at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, served in the National Legislature as a Senator representing the people of Lofa County from 2005 to 2014.

During his tenure at that august House (Senate) he chaired the Senate’s Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget. This Committee is charged with the scrupulous monitoring of the approval and implementation of the national budget.

Moreover, Professor Kupee is credited for his nationalistic role played in drafting the Public Financial Management Law and improving the existing investment incentives code which has the potential of bringing about economic revitalization to facilitate poverty reduction, a strategy which was introduced by the Liberian Government few years ago.

Our profile of the week holds membership to several national and international professional organizations some of which include: The Association of Liberian Professional Organizations, West Africa Technological Transfer Network.

As a Professor at the University of Liberia where he ably served as Chairman of the Department of Economics, Professor Kupee during that period at that university helped to nurture academically dozens of Liberian students, many of whom are now situated in strategic areas after acquiring sound knowledge from this learned Professor.

Our Profile of the Week holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Development Economics from the People’s Friendship University of Russia where he also won the hearts of his professors for being studious.

After taking over as Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), he vowed to bring renewed and better working relationship between employees at the LPRC and their bosses, and stressed his determination to make Liberia more fuel secure by undertaking programs  and projects such as the rehabilitation and expansion of LPRC facilities across the country.

Some of the staffers who spoke to our reporter weeks prior to this write-up poured praises on their  Managing Director, noting, “He has done a lot in this short period of time by cementing the relationship between the management and importers of  petroleum products.”

We’re overwhelmed by the number of achievements the management under the leadership of Professor Kupee has undertaken since his ascendancy, especially the completion and subsequent calibration of the Tank #9 for the purpose of having alternative fuel storage amidst the deplorable condition of the biggest fuel storage tank at PST which was partially completed in previous time, and has been welcomed by some of the importers who spoke to our staff. According to some ordinary Liberians, Professor Kupee’s take over at the LPRC has given some level of dignity to the workforce of this corporation.

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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.