By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
After several years of dedicated service to the oil industry and the Liberian people, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has retired two of its employees, Mrs. Marie E.Leigh-Parker and Mrs. Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah.
Mrs. Saytumah has been NOCAL’s Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) while Mrs. Leigh-Parker served in the capacity as Senior Vice President for Finance.
NOCAL is responsible for the overseeing of the oil and gas production industries in Liberia. The company has also been established to provide a stable, fair and accountable system whereby revenues can be used for the sustainable, inclusive development of Liberia.
At a well attended multi-colored dinner held on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Executive Pavilion on Broad Street in central Monrovia, the President and CEO of NOCAL, Dr. Randolph McClain, told relatives and friends of the retirees that the two employees have always strived for transparency and sustainability while serving the entity.
Dr. McClain showered praises on Mrs. Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah and Mrs. Marie E. Leigh-Parker for their level of loyalty and transparency they brought to the company.
The two retirees received several honors including certificates of appreciation and commitment to duty.
After the certification, Mrs. Marie E. Leigh-Parker lauded the NOCAL family for the time she served the institution and explained that she is very proud to contribute to her country.
Mrs. Leigh-Parker told the audience that although she is retiring from NOCAL but physically she is not tired.
She urged all stakeholders including the National Legislature to pass the oil reform law so that every Liberian can benefit.
“I have done what is best for my country. Sometimes my fellow citizens, it is right to stand for what you believe. Pass the oil reform law so that all can benefit,” Mrs. Parker said.
For her part, Mrs.Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah praised NOCAL for the opportunity afforded her to serve her country and the people of Liberia.
Mrs. Saytumah, a former City Mayor of Monrovia described NOCAL as a promise for the future of Liberia. She expressed optimism that the entity can be a blessing to Liberia so that the country can experience a change in some years to come. “I fell into good hands at NOCAL. My presence at NOCAL has been a wonderful experience in Government. Let young people be given the opportunity to serve but they must be prepared to take up the responsibility,” Mrs. Saytumah asserted.
In the past several years Liberia has attracted “best in class” international oil companies, such as Anadarko, ENl, Chevron, Tullow, Repsol and Exxon-Mobil, and with the adoption of the new laws that are being debated around the country, Liberia will continue to be regarded as a comfortable environment for qualified petroleum investors.