Former Lofa County Senator, Professor Sumo Kupee, yesterday took over as the new managing director (MD) of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) in Monrovia.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her April 7 cabinet reshuffle, appointed Prof. Kupee as the 13th LPRC MD replacing the outgoing, T. Nelson Williams.
Mr. Williams served the company as the MD for over five years prior to his recent dismissal.
At a well-attended turnover ceremony yesterday, he recounted his “numerous” achievements at the entity, ranging from the increment in LPRC’s storage capacity by 6.2 million gallons of mixed products and the installation of three dedicated pipelines which now allows the company to increase revenue, while reducing losses to the terminal respectively.
According to him, his administration rebranded the company in 2012 and launched a five-year strategic plan inclusive of a new Petroleum Testing Laboratory and Closed Circuit TV office.
“In June of this year, the Crude Storage Terminal (CST) will be completed and placed in service, while in July the LPG Plan at the Monrovia Industrial Park will be completed and dedicated for operations,” Mr. Williams informed the gathering.
He then expressed gratitude to the LPRC Board of Directors chaired by Dr. Herman Browne for their support and cooperation extended to the senior management and workforce during his tenure.
“Your commitment to excellence is evident by the many achievements we made over the years where you showed your humanity and humility especially during the Ebola outbreak,” Mr. Williams commended the Board.
He also expressed gratitude to the Petroleum Importers and members of the Tankers' Union for working closely with the LPRC in providing timely and quality products to all 15 counties, as well as making his administration job easy by consistently meeting importation and quality assurance targets, among others.
As part of his farewell ceremony, Mr. Williams handed to Prof. Kupee a helmet and safety vest of authority to safely lead the LPRC forward.
On September 9, 2009, President Sirleaf appointed Mr. Williams as Acting MD; a position he held until he was formally appointed the MD proper, following the 2011 general and presidential elections.
In his takeover remarks, Prof. Kupee assured the LPRC administration of his willingness to work with them in the spirit of unity, adding, “I am a team player; therefore, I can assure that all those who will play and work with me in my team are destined for success.”
He cautioned the workforce to do away with gossip, because his management will not allow anything that will retard the progress of the company, but rather to remain united and focus their attention on their respective assignments.
Several other speakers including the acting president of the Importers Association, Musa Bility, as well as former Senator Cletus Wotorson, admonished the new leadership to work in the spirit of unity to improve the LPRC because it is the only state-owned-enterprise, which the country’s economy depends on all times.
Yesterday’s occasion was attended by an array of government officials and a cross-section of present and former lawmakers including House Speaker J. Alex Tyler; President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Zulu Jallah; Associate Justice Kabina Ja’neh; as well as the Corporation's former MD, former Grand Kru County Senator, Cletus Wotorson, among others.