5 December 2012

Liberia: River Gee Citizens On Supt's Back - Want Daniel Johnson Respond to Accountability Inquiries

The Southeast is widely regarded the least developed in Liberia, and the key causes for such an underdevelopment is blamed on economic marginalization and graft. Though it is symptomatic to nearly every province and religion, the situation is worse in the Southeast, principally in River Gee, one of the youngest counties. Once again, the cry of accountability and transparency in that county has taken the airwaves and newspapers pages, as a group of citizens want Superintendent Johnson to answer to a number of concerns bordering corruption. The Analyst reports.

In a letter dated July 30, 2012, a group of citizens of the Southeastern province of River Gee has called on Superintendent Daniel Johnson to provide justification for the withdrawal of the country's development money.

Signed by the Chairperson of the group, Concerned Citizens Union, the communication which is a follow-up to another one dated June 15, 2012 listed a number of concerns which the citizens say Mr. Johnson should address.

"We extend out greetings to you in the spirit of unity, holding River Gee County as our common denominator with its development and the improvement of the lives of its people being the focus and propriety of any leadership, if peace must reign," the citizens' communicate began, before requesting Johnson's "comprehensive and supportive response."

With exhibits proffered, the citizens requested amongst other things, a full details/justification on all withdrawal allegedly done by Veronica G. Tanyon Treasurer- Project Management Committee, R/Gee County; Karmah pah Former Procurement Office, River Gee County;  Abraham Nyentea Project Planner, River Gee County and Saylee swen Potupo District Commissioner, River Gee County.

The citizens also requested a copy of the contract agreement between the contractor and the County authority on the Karweaken market hall; the source and aim of deposits on April 9,2011 in the amount of US$ 200,000 and US$ 100,00 on May 3; a copy of a memorandum of understanding between Planet Mineral And Gee Trust including the social agreement and the map showing their area of operations.

Copies of the letter,  one obtained by The Analyst, were sent to Civil Society Focus Group Of RiverGee County; RiverGee Legislative Causus; Ministry of Internal Affairs, the General Auditing  Commission and UNMIL Civil Affairs.

The group alleged the local authority, working along with Mr. Daniel G. Johnson, Superintendent has withdrawn US$71,675.00 from Rivergee County Development Account.

"As the concerned citizens' spokesmen, we call on the superintendent to investigate matter," said the communication. "To our surprise, a strategy was put into place by the County Authority by providing them jobs."

"We are calling on President Ellen J. Sirleaf to authorize the General Auditing Commission to audit the Rivergee development funds," the communication concluded.

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