Trouble is said to be looming over another official of President Sirleaf's cabinet days after two other officials were forced to resign following a stand-off with members of the legislature, particularly the House of Representatives.
This time, members of the House of Representatives have given a three-month ultimatum to Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale to complete all unfinished health projects in River Cess County.
The House's decision followed the Health Ministry's admittance of lapses in the completion of health related projects throughout the country, particularly in River Cess County.
Dr. Walter Gwenigale confirmed that there have been delays in the completion of ongoing projects in the health sector, blaming the situation on the insincerity of construction firms in the country.
According to the Health Minister, most of the incomplete health facilities were awarded to construction firms through the required process of awarding contracts, but the they have failed to live up to the agreement reached between them and the ministry.
Making specific reference to the clinic in Rivercess County, he said, the contract for the construction of health facilities was awarded to a Liberian construction company, Monweh International Engineering Company, but the company has failed to execute the project, and was currently on the run.
Said Gwenigale: "It is worrisome when people from foreign countries try to help us increase our health facilities by giving us money then our own people, who are awarded these contracts received the money and run away; this is not fair and this has been the cause of some of the delays in ongoing health projects around the country."
Speaking when he appeared before plenary of the House of Representatives recently, Dr. Gwenigale disclosed that the ministry has filed a lawsuit against the company and they are currently being pursued by the Liberian government with a writ from the court.
The Minister's appearance before plenary came as a result of a communication written plenary by Representative Francis Paye of Rivercess County, who asked his colleagues in the House to cite the Health Minister to provide reasons why ongoing projects for health facilities have not been completed in his county.
He also disclosed that funds that are currently being misapplied or stolen by construction firms were donated by the British and Irish governments to construct 10 clinics across Liberia.
Dr. Gwenigale said the issue of incomplete projects is not limited to River Cess alone as similar experience was in Maryland County where a company abandoned a project, and is currently being pursued by the government.
Speaking on the reported reduction in salary for health workings in River Cess County, the Health Minister said, "It is really hard for me to understand what is happening. I am not aware of any salary of health workers that was reduced. This is something that has not been brought to my attention."
Though the Minister claimed innocence on the salary reduction, he said the ministry has two categories of employees, adding that one set is entitled to incentives, while others receive salary and incentives. "Those people, who are on the payroll, are getting twice as much as those people, who are getting the incentives," said Dr. Gwenigale.
He told plenary that the issue of lack of drugs in health centers in Liberia is due to low budgetary allocation, saying only US$2M has been allocated in the Ministry's budget for the provision of drugs to various health centers here.
After several minutes of questions and answers, a motion was filed by Representative Clarence Massaquoi of Lofa County electoral district #2, mandating the Health Ministry to complete all unfinished health projects in River Cess County in the next three months.
Dr. Gwenigale was also given one month to gather all needed information about his Ministry relative to government's support to the country's health sector as well as donors support in order to provide a comprehensive report to the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, members of the House have voted overwhelmingly on the decision.