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NPA to issue checks to over 2000 employees 

The NPA believes that issuing checks to employees will eliminate non-existent or ghost names from its payrolls.


Monrovia, May 24, 2024: The National Port Authority (NPA) will commence disbursing checks to over 2,000 employees and contractors this week. 

According to the NPA in a press release dated 23 May  2024, the initiative will impact personnel at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Harper, Maryland County, and Greenville, Sinoe County.

The release further stated that the initiative aims to eliminate non-existent or ghost names from the payrolls, ensuring a more accurate and transparent compensation system.

According to NPA Management, this exercise will verify the legitimacy and accuracy of salaries and confirm that all individuals receiving salaries are bona fide employees of the NPA. 

Expected to last two months, this process will help identify opportunities to enhance systems, procedures, and processes.

It will prevent the reactivation of non-legitimate employees on the NPA’s payroll. The payroll verification process is one of the top priorities of the Management of the National Port Authority of Liberia.

Additionally, the NPA has resumed distributing rice to its employees and contractors as part of their monthly benefits, a practice that had been dormant for the past ten months. 

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According to the release, all employees, including Senior Management, will receive two bags of rice for equitability and transparency. 

Previously, Senior Management received six bags of rice as part of monthly benefits. This move underscores the NPA’s commitment to fairness and employee welfare.

In another development, the NPA has announced that the General Auditing Commission (GAC) has begun a comprehensive audit of all its ports nationwide on 20 May 2024. 

The audit, expected to last 90 days, will cover human resources, financial statements—including balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and notes to the financial statements—and the physical infrastructure of the NPA. 

This audit will span the period from 2019 to 2023 and provide insights into the NPA’s financial health and performance.

Meanwhile, the NPA Management has expressed satisfaction with the economic viability at the Port of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County. 

Management says revenue intake has significantly increased since it assumed control of Buchanan Port a little over two months ago.

It noted that this is due to the implementation of a robust financial management control system.

The NPA Management emphasized its commitment to transforming the Port of Buchanan into a world-class shipping facility through rehabilitation and expansion.

The NPA aims to improve internal controls, financial reporting processes, and governance practices.

NPA management believes that operational inefficiencies identified during the audit will enhance overall effectiveness and help the NPA achieve its strategic goals.

At the same time, the NPA management said it has contracted Power Marine to drag two tugboats at the port of Greenville, in Sinoe County. 

According to the NPA Management, the two tugboats had been immobilized at the Port for the past four years.

Management said dragging the boats from the Greenville Port would cost about forty thousand US dollars. NPA Management said if left to sink into the water basin, removing them would cost over one hundred thousand US dollars. 

A team of four divers from the Power Marine services is expected to drag the two tugboats from the water for 14 days beginning Monday, 27 May 2024. 

The contract to drag the boats from the Port of Greenville includes repairing, clean, and restoring the fenders of the boats.—Press release

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