By Melissa Chea-Annan
The former Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Company in Liberia (NOCAL), Chris Neyor has been invited by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission to give detailed explanation on an opened letter he sent out to President Ellen John-Sirleaf, in which he leveled numerous allegations of corruption against the President.
LACC Boss, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr., said on Thursday that Mr. Neyor has been invited to give clarity on his opened letter that was addressed to the President and further published in the local dallies.
In an opened letter to President Sirleaf, in June, 2014, Mr. Neyor who is presently out of the country said that “From the time Robert Sirleaf was appointed to the Board of Directors of NOCAL in 2010 and he realized the millions involved, he (Sirleaf) started to position himself overnight as an oil and gas expert and instructing me on how we could make a lot of money.”
According to Mr. Neyor’s communication, when he didn’t go along, Mr. Sirleaf began to undermine and intimidate him as CEO as well as then Chairman of the Board Clemenceau Urey, and he informed president Sirleaf, adding “You were fully aware that Robert began to portray himself as the de facto head of NOCAL and began soliciting huge amount of money from individuals and companies with interest in the acquisition of oil blocks,” Mr. Neyor stated.
Mr. Neyor among other things, stated in his communication that “Some of these companies approached me and I brought those to your attention only for Robert to tell them not to pay attention to me because I was going to be removed after the 2011 elections and he was going to become Executive Chairman, which was later proven right.”
The former NOCAL boss disclosed that oil blocks were promised to those people of which President Sirleaf is fully aware and millions was brought in irregularly for the campaign with cash brought in on private jets and taken to her home.
Mr. Neyor said, “I brought to your attention that $2 million had been offered to me in bribe with a request that I do not take certain executive action against an oil company. What I got out of that was your ridicule of me before the Petroleum Technical Committee in the Cabinet Room at your office that I was parading myself as the most perfect man in the government boasting that I could not take bribe.”
Cllr. Verdier said upon Mr. Neyor’s return to the country, the LACC will probe into his allegations and later invite others who will be incited during that investigation before taking appropriate action.
The LACC boss said it has forwarded the names of all public officials who have failed to re-declare or declare their assets to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and subsequently have those names published in the media.
LACC Executive Chairperson, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr., expressed disappointment that the failure of those officials to re-declare or declare their assets is gross disrespect to the Liberian President, who has already made public her assets.
Cllr. Verdier said the LACC has recommended that salaries of those officials who have deliberately failed to carry out the process be placed on hold, or have them suspended or dismissed until they can meet up with the mandate of the Commission.
According to Cllr. Verdier, assets, incomes and liabilities disclosure remain one of the most effective means to monitor and measure acquisition and disposal of wealth by public officials and it was based on this that in May this year, called on all public officials to re-declare their assets on the Government’s second anniversary.
Cllr. Verdier said the LACC’s recommendation for appropriate sanctions on these officials is in line with Executive Order 55 that was issued by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.