Parker Receives Original Face of NPA Award

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Suspended National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Matilda Wokie Parker, has underscored the need for Liberians to overcome their fears and feelings of being powerless and lack of focus.

Madam Parker observed that fear is by far the biggest obstacle to taking action while powerlessness and lack of focus are the second and third obstacles many people face in their daily lives.

These remarks were contained in a speech she delivered at a program organized by dozens of port users and their neighbors in Monrovia.

The group presented Madam Parker the ‘Original Face of NPA’ award for what they termed as her ‘excellent transformational performance at the NPA’.

Although Parker is indicted for alleged corruption, the group’s spokespersons, Solomon B. Wesseh and Cyrus Weah, insisted that Madam Parker’s performance at the NPA is unmatched based on the fact that she rescued the port from collapse, and restored it to an economically viable institution, which employed hundreds of young Liberians.

“Let me assure you, Madam Parker, that we empathize with you, because we know that you have an impeccable (faultless) character and enviable record that cannot easily be tainted. This is why God is going to set you free from your prosecutors,” Solomon Wesseh said.

Earlier, Cyrus Weah used the occasion to remind the government that suspending someone for six months without investigation is humiliating.

“We are aware of the tireless voluntary services you are rendering to this country just to help improve the lives of Liberians despite your suspension,” Weah said to Parker. “It is also still fresh on our minds when you kept our seaports free of Ebola; where you instituted stringent anti-Ebola measures and recorded zero Ebola cases at the various ports,” he said.

Madam Parker, upon receiving her honor, told the group she was highly impressed with the honor bestowed upon her.

“I am proud of what you have surprised me with, because little did I know that you are following what we do in our daily lives,” she said.

The former NPA MD encouraged young Liberians to learn to overcome fears from their families and communities.
On the topic, “Knowledge versus Action,” Madam Parker said there are fears that “you are aware of, but quite often, there are fears that you may not even be aware of.”

Madam Parker observed that once a person recognizes and lets go of his fears and is in a state of high position, that person needs to add focus to move from knowledge.

“Part of the reason that knowledge you have is not being put to use may be that there is nothing for you to focus it on. There is nothing pulling you in a certain direction. So today, if I tell you about investing in real estate, you will be really excited about it and tomorrow, if I tell you about multi level marketing, you will be really excited about that too,” Madam Parker said.

She added, “Acting consistently towards the right purpose is important. Work out your vision. Work out your purpose. Be clear on what you want in life.”

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