Representative Edwin M. Snowe has warned the National Port Authority (NPA) of the danger in releasing “falsehoods” about the tugboat contract with former Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant.
Media reports have it that the former National Transitional Government chairman died of frustration after the NPA denied him (Bryant) a ‘lucrative’ tugboat deal.
Bryant represented a Dutch company, Damen Shipyard, a business firm that won the contract through a competitive bidding process; the contract was later denied.
Responding to said media report, the NPA issued a statement stressing that, “it cancelled the bid through the President’s office, based on a submitted Bill to the Legislature for the ratification of a US$14 million loan agreement between Liberia and the Arabic State of Kuwait.
NPA: “The agreement—among other things— provides for the purchase of tugboats that require bidding for, following specific rules that must be preapproved by the Fund. The cancellation was done to avoid the duplication of the purchases of tugboats following the loan agreement with the Kuwait Fund.”
However, in reaction to NPA’s assertions, Snowe announced that the port was releasing “false and misleading information to the public about the contract with former Chairman Bryant.”
“Let them stop telling lies about the contract,” Rep. Snowe declared. “Some of us know all about the contract and we know exactly what happened. It’s a warning to them to stop issuing lies or else we will be forced to tell the public.
I respect former chairman Bryant because he was a quiet and peaceful man; and would wish to remain quiet until he’s buried,” he furthered.
Though he declined to state what aspect of NPA’s statement is totally untrue, he maintained that Bryant was not depending on handouts as is being speculated.
Snowe then blamed the entire government for the “neglect of Mr. Bryant,” adding: “We all are responsible for neglecting Chairman Bryant.
“How our government treats former leaders has become a serious problem. I blame us as lawmakers, for not playing our part to right the wrongs,” Snowe concluded.