The Management of the National Port Authority (NPA) has launched an annual honoring program for its casual workers and contractors.
The inaugural ceremony of this scheme took place in Monrovia earlier this week in recognition of what the Management referred to as ‘the critical contribution’ of the casual workers and contractors to the growth and development of the Port Authority.
At least five casuals have already been selected for elevation after they were honored and awarded certificates and cash prizes for their outstanding performances and commitment to duty. They are Mr. Barkly Tokpa, John Phokopoko, Jacob Wiah, Ceceil Williams and Nadine Tokpa, who were drawn from the Environmental Departments of the four seaports of Liberia.
The port authority of Liberia manages the Freeport of Monrovia, the port of Greenville, the port of Buchanan and the port of Harper, in Montserrado, Sinoe, Grand Bassa and Maryland counties, respectively.
A statement issued by NPA recently quotes NPA Managing Director Madam Matilda W. Parker as saying “the services of the entire NPA staff, especially the honorees, have contributed to the success story and achievements of the Management over the years.”
Madam Parker encouraged the NPA staff always to see themselves as agents for the betterment of the Port Authority in particular and Liberia in general, indicating that the launch of the honoring program signifies the NPA Management’s love for the workforce.
For his part, NPA Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Mr. Nyekeh Forkpa, who provided an overview of the launching ceremony, said the services of the staff are key factors in achieving the vision of the NPA to become a premier port in West Africa. The Deputy NPA MD challenged workers to continue to work to uplift the Port Authority of Liberia and promote the national image.
The honorees, in brief remarks, commended the NPA Management for leading the ongoing transformation of the Port Authority.
They also described Madam Parker as a "Managing Director beyond borders." The NPA Management, under the stewardship of Madam Parker, has expanded operations at the ports of Greenville, Buchanan and Monrovia and has undertaken a serious drive to expand and further improve the port of Harper.
The NPA Management has also completed a Master Plan for the Port Authority of Liberia is working toward the modernization, expansion and construction of modern marginal quays.
The Port Master Plan (PMP) also stressed the construction of new ports and the training of human resources, amongst many others. The port authority needs about US$3 billion to implement the PMP.