8 November 2012

Liberia: GAC Sacks 40 - More to Follow

The General Auditing Commission or GAC on Wednesday sacked forty persons from its employ, citing low funding; but dismissees described it as"witch-hunting."

The affected employees were paid for the number of years they have worked for the institution after being handed dismissal letters by the Human Resource Manager, Sylvester O. Jah, husband of Margibi County Senator Clarice Davis-Jah.

Among those sacked were Janga Kowo, Chief Financial Officer; James Freeman, Senior Internal Control Analyst; Thomas Barcon, Manager; and Samuel Togba, Internal Control Analyst.

Others are Emmanuel T. Azango, Civil Affairs Officer; Christian T.L. Peah, Executive Affairs Analyst; Nathan Kpehe, Director of Maintenance; Joe Maximore, Information Technology Trainee; Jukonti E. Davies, Procurement Analyst; George H. Nubo, Chief Technology Officer, and Saa K. Saamoa, Procurement Analyst.

Also sacked are Festus Poque, Audit Coordinator; Sylvester Peewee, Protocol Officer; Emmanuel B. Davie, Strategic Planning Analyst; Augustus S. James, County Liaison Officer; Abraham Teah, Jr. and P. Michael Gray both OAG Office Assistants.

Booted out are Emmanuel Jallah, Director; Samuel Garnett, Public Information Officer; Richard A. Wisner, Executive Director for Audits; Amos Bonner, Senior Internal Auditor; Octavious Ballah, Senior Auditor; and Jerome Pour, Senior Forensic Auditor, among others.

Meanwhile, another batch of employees are expected to be terminated any moment as the means of minimizing the institution payroll bloated with ghost names for years. Before 1956, the General Auditing Office (GAO) was established by an Act of the National Legislature, as the Bureau of Auditing, to pre-audit requisitions, vouchers and payroll in connection with the disbursement of public moneys.

This was amended under Chapter 32, section 740-744 of the Executive Law of Liberia in 1956 to audit all accounts of the Government of Liberia in the manner prescribed in the Revenue and Finance Law of Liberia. GAC is the independent Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of Liberia and Chief Watchdog for corruption.

It is the defender and promoter of the Liberian people's interest; therefore, it is the first line of integrity in Government. It is headed by an Auditor-General who is committed to delivering quality audits.

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