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Parker Receives Original Face of NPA Award

Mulbah Kessellie
Madam Parker poses with a group of port users/neighbors
Madam Parker poses with a group of port users/neighbors

( 13, 2015)-Suspended National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Matilda Parker, has underscored the need for the Liberian people to overcome their fears of being powerless and of being defocus.

Madam Parker said fear is by far the biggest obstacle to taking action while powerlessness and lack of focus are the second and third obstacles many people encountered in the daily lives.

She made the observation in her motivational speech delivered at programs organized by dozens of port users and neighbors in Monrovia.

The group presented the suspended NPA Managing Director the “Original Face of NPA” award for her excellent transformation at the Liberian Port Authority.

Though Madam Parker is indicted for alleged corruption, the group’s spokespersons Messrs. Solomon Wesseh and Cyrus Weah emphasized that her performance as NPA Managing Director prior to her suspension, is unmatchable.

The groups said they honor bestowed upon Madam Parker is in recognition of effort to rescue the NPA from collapse, restore it to an economically viable institution and to create employment opportunities for hundreds of young Liberians at the entity.

“We are more than happy to have you in our community and by your coming, you have given us the opportunity and privilege of having a moment of reflection with you, being fully aware of what you are going through at the moment,” Mr. Wesseh said.

“Let me assure you, Madam Parker, that we empathize with you and we know that you have an impeccable character and enviable records that can’t easily be tainted and this is why God is going to set you free from you prosecutors.”

Also speaking earlier at the ceremony, Cyrus Weah reminded the government: “Suspending someone for six months without trial is humiliating.”

Cyrus also reminded the government and the public of the sacrificial roles Madam Parker has played in Liberia’s development.

“We are fully aware of the tireless voluntary services you are rendering to this country just to help improve the lives of the Liberian people, despite your suspension.

“It is still fresh on our minds when you kept our seaports free of Ebola, as you instituted stringent anti-Ebola measures and recorded zero Ebola cases at the Freeport of Monrovia and the out-ports.”

Cyrus then appealed to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to use her oversight authority to see an end to the case involving Madam Parker.

Receiving the certificate of honor, Madam Parker told the group that she doesn’t take such an honor coming from ordinary Liberians so lightly. “I am proud of what you have surprised me with, because little did I know that you been following all what we have been doing,” she said.

Earlier refusing to comment on her indictment, the suspended NPA Boss encouraged the young people to learn to overcome their fears.

Speaking on the on the topic, "Knowledge versus Action," the NPA Boss explained: “There may be fears that you are aware of, but quite often there are fears that you may not even be consciously aware of.”

She said like many people, you might like to start a business and have a lot of business ideas in this regard, but maybe you find yourself unable to take the next step.”

“Until people recognize and deal with the issue of fear, they may find themselves stuck. People feel being powerless when they are living in a state of low power,” Madam Parker noted.

“In this state, you realize that you generally feel less energetic, you tend to blame yourself, or others and at times you become judgmental of self and of others and even become angry.”

Madam Parker noted: “The best way I would describe this state is the feeling of having a weight on your shoulder, or a feeling of heaviness in your chest or heart, particularly when you think about your future and your plans. It can be such a drag and every step can take so much effort.”

“Once a person recognizes and let go of his fears and is in a state of higher power, that person needs to add focus to move from knowledge.”

“Part of the reason why the knowledge you have is not being put to use may be that there is nothing for you to focus it on. There is nothing pulling you in a certain direction.

So today, if I tell you about investing in real estate, you will be really excited about it and tomorrow, if I tell you about multilevel marketing, you will be really excited about that too.

The result is you will be pulled in many directions and might end up remaining stationary, despite your unfocused efforts,” said Parker.

She concluded by saying: “Acting consistently and towards the right purpose is important. Work out your vision. Work out your purpose. Be clear on what you want in life,” the honoree cautioned the group of port users and neighbors.


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