Dismissed NPA Comptroller Franklin Sackor-For ‘gross incompetence’The management of the National Port Authority (NPA) has with immediate effect sacked its Comptroller General Franklin Sackor, because of what it described “as gross incompetence and ineptitude on the job.”A press statement in the possession of the Daily Observer said the dismissal of Mr. Sackor from his position by the NPA management was as a result of his failure to provide bank statements from the months of February to May 2018 as well as his failure to justify the reason a private entity was placed on the payroll of the NPA.The NPA clarified as untrue reports that the office of the Finance Department had been closed and barricaded.An NPA statement said the Department of Finance remains functional to the business community and the shipping world; and at no time was it shut down and barricaded as it is being reported by some media outlets.While further details pertaining to the dismissal of Sarkoh were not disclosed in the press statement, it said Sarkoh is entitled to his salary and benefits that the NPA management owes him.“Mr. Sackor has been asked to contact the Human Resource Department to collect his salary and benefits including – gasoline and scratch cards for the last month he served in the post,” the press release confirmed.The statement, signed by NPA’s director of public relations, Malcolm Scott, said Mr. Sackor will also be paid his one month salary in lieu of notice in keeping with the labor laws of Liberia and, therefore, he is expected to turn over the keys of the office of the comptroller, his assigned vehicle and all other properties belonging to the entity.Sackor is probably the first person in Weah’s government to be hit by outright dismissal, particularly on grounds of incompetence.It can be recalled that deputy Commerce Minister Jamesetta Wolokolie was suspended for time indefinite on the orders of President George Weah for gross insubordination allegedly to Commerce Minister Wilson Tarpeh; but she was, however, recalled a little over one week ago.Prior to his dismissal, it was recently reported that Bill Twehway, the newly appointed NPA managing director, was ready to dismiss Sarkor for what authorities said is the lack of compliance and disregard for orders from the new port MD.Until yesterday, October 15, when this newspaper gathered that Sackor had been dismissed, sources had earlier confirmed his dismissal but said he was still taking orders from former NPA Acting Managing Director Cecilia Cuffy-Brown and disregarding instructions from Mr. Twehway.Mr. Sarkoh, it can be recalled, was brought on board by Madam Brown when she took over the entity in March amid a series of public criticisms.Madam Cuffy came under fire for hiring four brothers of President George Weah, a decision she has repeatedly defended, insisting that she had the backing of the President to hire and fire.Shortly after taking over in March, Madam Brown immediately brought on board Mr. Sarkor as the new comptroller, along with an Internal Audit Department manager, although the department had a manager and other qualified auditors.Sarkor had previously worked at the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company in the Human Resources Department and, before that, he served at the St. Matthews School in Logan Town as business manager.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ubaka, who is averaging 14points per game, was 0 for 8 against the Bruins. He missed several open shots, and even when he was near the basket he shied away from contact. After UCLA’s 62-46 win, Cal coach Ben Braun said Ubaka was ill, which contributed to his poor play. The outing was certainly different from the 18 points Ubaka scored in Cal’s 68-61 win at Pauley Pavilion last season. “I have great respect for Ubaka,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “He killed us here a year ago. He had 18 here a year ago. He was sick when we played them up there, and did not play well. I know he’ll want to come back and really take it at us.” So when Cal visits No. 4 UCLA tonight, Afflalo knows he needs to be ready. “I’m sure he’s looking forward to it,” Afflalo said. “I’ll guard him and try to get the same result, but he’s a competitive player and I’m sure he’s more upset about the loss than his own personal performance.” Aboya time: Howland used reserve center/power forward Alfred Aboya much more the past six weeks than the first two months of the season, particularly because of the energy the sophomore big man brings. In UCLA’s first 15 games, Aboya averaged 13.5 minutes, 3.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. In the Bruins’ past 11games, Aboya is playing 21.3 minutes, scoring 4.5 points and grabbing six rebounds. “His rebounds per minute, especially on the offensive end, are far better than anybody, including Luc (Richard Mbah a Moute), on the team,” Howland said. “He doesn’t get as many rebounds on the defensive end because he’s our best guy blocking out. Sometimes when you’re so good at laying your body on another guy, that even though he doesn’t get the rebound, he’s making it easier for others to rebound.” Aboya is tied with Mbah a Moute with 36 offensive rebounds in Pacific-10 Conference play, although Mbah a Moute played 146 more minutes. Signing day: Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden and one of his former stars, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), will autograph copies of Abdul-Jabbar’s new book, “On the Shoulders of Giants – My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance,” before Saturday’s game against Stanford. They will be at the student bookstore in Ackerman Union from 1-2:30 p.m. During halftime of the game, UCLA will celebrate the 40thanniversary of the 1967 NCAA title team, which finished 30-0. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Arron Afflalo usually gets the attention of his opponents for his scoring ability, but UCLA’s junior wing said he believes he will be the focus of California’s Ayinde Ubaka for another reason. When UCLA beat the Bears last month in Berkeley, Ubaka was shut down. At the time he led Cal in scoring, but was shut out by Afflalo.