Liberia: Publishers Association wants NPA boss  SettleFinancial obligations 


MONROVIA — The Publishers Association of Liberia is calling on  the managing Director of the National Port Authority-NPA,  Bill Twehwah, to settle financial obligations to media institutions to avoid sever consequences.

The NPA boss has  refused to settle his indebtedness  to a number of media houses   for over three years, after performing  legitimate media related services  for the port  despite several promises made and discussions held with it.

PAL sees the action of the NPA  management as a deliberateattempt to  strangulate and further  increase  hardship on the media. The NPA owes  a minimum amount to the media. 

PAL believes the delay in settling media payments  could lead to  souring the already cordial relations  between the government and the media. 

“We think the attitude of Mr. Twehwah is  deliberate and an affront to the already struggling media landscape. We cannot do  legitimate work  for his entity and time to pay, you and your team start to play games with the  media. This is unacceptable,” Mr. Othello Garblah, president of PAL said.

PAL is therefore demanding in the strongest term for NPA boss to settle  all media debts or else it would  take  any legal and professional action for the betterment of the media.

Some of the payments have lasted over three years and NPA has admitted to owning a number of media houses. 

“We do not want to have any indirect confrontation with the government due to the inability or refusal to pay media debts.  We are calling on  the president, George Weah to prevail on his appointed  official to  settle   these payments.  You cannottell me that NPA  is broke and unable to pay  its obligations,” Mr. Garblah further said.