9 November 2012

Liberia: GAC Renders Many Jobless

The General Auditing Commission (GAC) has rendered about 40 Liberians jobless as a result of terminating their service with the institution.

GAC's Director of Communications told a news conference Wednesday that the dismissal of the men and women stemmed from recent review conducted by the institution which discovered lot of overlapping in the system with too many employees doing the same job.

Director Nathaniel Brumskine said a decision needed to be taken to deal with the issue which was consummated with budgetary constraints the entity is faced with.

"Recent review that led to the dismissal of over 40 employees was due to the discovery of a lot of overlapping of functions in the system with too many employees doing the same job", Mr. Brumskine said and added that the institution has disclosed another reason for which the over 40 employees were relieved of their assignments.

"Recent review conducted by the institution discovered that the agency could no longer pay all of it employees from its US$6 million budget", he noted.

He said out of the US$6 million, about US$5 million is being used for the salary payment and the remaining US$1 million could not help implement the function of the GAC thus calling for staff reduction.

According to him, out of the 447 employees of GAC those booted out were mainly working with the administration department of the agency and not any of the audits service departments.

Mr. Brumskine then clarified that those Liberians who were relieved of their posts were given severance benefits for the number of years they worked for the GAC.

He maintained that those relieved of their positions could not adequately perform computer task given duties as required by GAC as the agency is presently seeking application form qualified IT personals who will carry out IT audit, technology recently introduced in the country.

Mr. Brumskine at the same time explained that the removal of some of the employees will give away to the introduction of new programs at the GAC to improve its functions as an auditing body.

Commenting on the performance of the GAC, Mr. Brumskine added that GAC has not been able to meet up with its constitution mandate to audit all 378 government ministries and agencies in the country.

He stated that out of the total of 378 agencies the institution has only been able to conduct audit in 59 institutions which according to him, leaves the public to determine the grade point achieved thus far.

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