10 May 2012

Liberia: Taxpayers, Employees Happy Over Transformation At Finance Ministry

Employees as well as vendors at the Ministry of Finance are happy over the level of transformation currently taking place at the Ministry. Our reporter, who visited the Ministry on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, said brand new water coolers and trash cans have been placed on each of the floors to enable workers and visitors get easy access to safe and cold drinking water. Melvin Mulbah is a vendor, who regularly does business with the Ministry of Finance. He is thrilled that several water coolers have been installed in the bustling Treasury house to provide safe drinking water for employees and customers as well as visitors.

"I feel very happy for these water coolers," Melvin told reporters. He continued: "I have always been forced to run down the stairs to get mineral water from Broad Street, but with the presence of these coolers, the time we take to go for water on Broad Street will be saved to transact our business." He furthered.

When asked how she feels about the water coolers, Juanna Kemah, also a vendor said she is pleased with the level of transformation taking place at the Ministry. "This is a very good work by the Ministry. Besides saving time and other things for employees and customers, it will also save some money. You will not need to spend your own little $10 or 15 dollars to buy water for yourself. So I am very happy and I appreciate the effort." She stated.

The Ministry of Finance has provided trash cans in every corner of the ministry to make easy the collection of trash in and around the building. This will ease the garbage collection process, which for the past time has been a huge challenge for the Maintenance Division thereby exposing employees and customers to serious health problems. "This is very helpful. We do not suffer too much collecting trash in the building," a staff of the Ministry's Maintenance Division explained.

Also as part of the Ministry's campaign to make work environment more productive and conducive, the Department of Administration is currently running surface pipes that will provide running water in the building to curb hygiene problem, especially in the bathrooms. The installation of surface pipes will provide regular supply of water in all of the bathrooms at the Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance has taken steps towards addressing the security situation. In order to control and identify people that access the building, some security measures have been put in place. These measures, according to sources, have curtailed the rampant movement of unauthorized persons within the building.

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