3 December 2012

Liberia: Committee Submits Findings On GAC Saga

The Senate Statutory Committee on Public Account and Audits hearing the dismissal of over 45 employees from the General Auditing Commission has forwarded its findings to Plenary.

The Senate Statutory Committee on Public Account and Audits is co-chaired by Senator Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County.

Speaking to the New Dawn Sunday morning via mobile phone, Nyenabo disclosed that the committee gathered sufficient findings and has submitted them to Plenary along with appropriate recommendations.

Plenary is the highest decision-making body of the Liberian Senate, which is headed by President Pro-tempore Senator Milton Gbehzongar Findley of Grand Bassa County.

Senator Nyenabo said in accordance with Chapter 10, section 56/57 of the Senate rule, every working committee must submit findings and recommendations to Plenary for final decision on any issue. Plenary is expected to meet in full after the lawmakers return from their annual break in January, 2013.

Specifically on November 7, 2012, Liberia's Auditor General, Robert Kilby dismissed over 45 employees of the General Auditing Commission for alleged "budgetary constraint" but the dismissed employees have resisted, terming the decision as illegal politically motivated.

The affected employees were paid severance benefits for the number of years they had worked for the institution after they were handed dismissal letters by the Human Resource Manager, Sylvester O. Jah. Mr. Jah is the 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 were 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 were 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 Office Assistants.

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

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