The five-member Special Presidential Committee (SPC) constituted to examine the scandal allegations during the negotiation of the concession agreement between ExxonMobil and the Liberian Government over Oil Block LB13, has hooked 18 former officials from the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf administration.
The Committee was set up by President George Weah to examine the authenticity of the allegation contained in a report issued by Global Witness on Liberia in March 2018.
According to the 35-page report, the former and current government officials are to pay US$35,000 each, while some will pay US$15,000 and US$5,000 respectively to restitute about US$500,000.
Members of the SPC include Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull, Cllr. C. Alexander Zoe, Cllr. A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, Rev. Joseph Gardea Johnson, III and Mrs. Frances Reeves.
Those involved in the US$35,000 category are former Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC) O. Natty B. Davis; former Justice Minister Christiana Tah; former Finance Minister Amara Konneh, Robert Sirleaf; former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo, former Deputy Finance Minister James Kollie, as well former NOCAL CEO Randolph A. K. W. McClain and Cllr. Seward Cooper.
Others who were hooked to pay back US$15,000 each are Susan Mapples, Idella Cooper Shannon, Kou Dorliae, Jeff Wood and Alpha Shah; while Anyaa Vohiri and Varbah Gayflor are those mentioned in the US$5,000 category.
The reports also said all members of the Board of Directors who were part of NOCAL on April 27, 2013, are also liable for restitution and they include Fred Bass Golokeh, Joseph Howe, and Madam Jacqueline Khoury.
Meanwhile, in yesterday’s session, a letter from President Weah on the recommendations from the Special Presidential Committee on the misapplication of funds at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) was accepted by members of the House of Representatives and the House plenary also mandated the leadership to see that the recommendations are implemented by the President.
According to the President, the Special Presidential Committee has concluded its investigation and submitted its report to his office.
However, the President in his letter informed members of the House of Representatives that he will issue a formal position on the report after it is reviewed by the Cabinet.