NP Liberia limited, established over ten years ago, is a 100 percent Sierra Leonean owned private based company committed to the petroleum sector.
Speaking during the dedicatory ceremony, both President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Sierra Leonean president Ernest Bai Koroma described the launch of the company as a boost for their two countries’ relations.
Both leaders observed that the company launch represents a significant hallmark in the economic ties of the two countries.
They also recognized the traditional links amongst the peoples of both countries and expressed their commitment to further advance cross-border trade, as well as the free movement of goods and persons.
President Koroma: NP’s presence in Liberia shows commitment to freedom and enterprise relations that exist between the two nations.
“Our countries’ histories are strongly linked to aspirations for freedom and enterprise in West Africa,” the Sierra Leonean President said. “Sierra Leoneans and Liberians have always collaborated to promote these great goals.”
He told the gathering that NP has the capacity, the expertise and the will, to become a truly Mano River Union (MRU) company dedicated to giving the best to Liberia and the sub-region.
The Sierra Leonean leader also noted that both countries were on the verge of transforming the oil and mineral sectors.
He lauded the Liberian government for its role in accommodating NP in Liberia thus inviting Liberian businesses to do same in Sierra Leone which would help grow the African sub-region.
“Today we are continuing this friendship of enterprise, trade and development. NP is announcing to the whole world that Liberia is its home,” he noted.
Meanwhile the company has lauded the efforts of both president Sirleaf and the Managing Director of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) Mr. T. Nelson Williams in setting up shop in Liberia.
“Without these individuals efforts and hard work this company would not have come to Liberia,” Mr. Mohamed Kromah said.
Minutes after the program, LPRC Managing Director said he was pleased to see NP Liberia Limited launch its operation.
Mr. Williams told the Daily Observer that out of the six foreign companies that did apply for operational license last year, NP topped.
According to him, the company has vowed to construct four stations in Monrovia during its first year of operation and another six in other counties in the following year.
Mr. Williams further disclosed that with the construction of the four stations, a total of 75 jobs would be created for Liberians and additional number in the following year.
“The coming in of NP adds additional value to the sector and we are also pleased that the competition will double,” he said.
He ended by calling on other companies lagging behind to improve their services aimed at meeting the desires and needs of government and customers.