The Management of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) has viewed with dismay a FrontPageAfrica news article published on November 2, 2018, in which it blatantly tried to mislead the public that President George Manneh Weah is involved in scouting tenants for the business class lounge and shops at the Roberts International Airport (RIA).
According to a press release dated 2 November, LAA Management sees this article as an intent to undermine the bidding process which it says up to date, has had no direct or indirect involvement from President Weah.
LAA explains that thru its Procurement Department, it received expression of interest from several companies in regards to rental facilities in the new terminal.It says the procurement department would then apply the requisite procurement compliance mechanisms to determine those who are best suited.
“It is therefore a dishonor to anything truthful that the FrontPage Africa news article ignored the procedures and guidelines of the bidding process, published in this very paper by LAA for six weeks, and instead, cited something that is totally untrue,” LAA says.
The LAA continues that in its haste to paint the LAA and the President of Liberia in a bad light, the paper contradicted itself several times regarding the NCB (National Competitive Bidding) and ICB (International Competitive Bidding) processes as prescribed in the PPCA (Public Procurement Concession Act of 2010).
“LAA wishes to unambiguously clarify that all firms that have expressed interests in renting stores and or shops in the new terminal at the RIA will be treated equally and fairly,” the statement says.It indicates that no particular business including foreign firms will be given unfair advantage, saying determination regarding the best suited applicants will be based solely on the procurement requirements in keeping with the laws of Liberia.
The LAA encourages FrontPage Africa Newspaper to cross check its facts before publication and exercise due diligence, so as to exhaust the rudiments and basic principles of true journalism.–Press release