In a release issued Monday and signed by the entity’s Public Relations Manager, Jonathan B. Sogbie, NOCAL said at no time did it hold secret meeting on oil deals with members of the House of Representatives.
The release said: “The meeting that has caused so much confusion was on April 12, 2012 between the expert Dr. Thorne and members of the House where Dr. Thorne briefed the representatives about the international oil sector”.
According to the release, the meeting was part of Dr. Thorne's week-long visit to Liberia to brief the Cabinet, the Legislators, the Judiciary and other stakeholders, and her visit was publicly announced by NOCAL on April 11, 2012.
“The issue of inter-party politics in the House of Representatives is of no concern to NOCAL; our concern is reforming the oil sector so that it benefits the Liberian people,” the release noted. It can be recalled that the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has suspended its Secretary General, Acarous Gray and three other members of the party who allegedly participated in the bribery and secret meeting with NOCAL.