14 August 2013

Liberia: Three Ministers Suspended At Labor Ministry

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the suspension of three junior ministers at the Ministry of Labor for one month without pay.

Those suspended are Deputy Labor Minister for Administration, Attorney J. Cole Bangalu; Assistant Labor Minister for Research and Statistics, Mr. Richard Ngafuan (Pictured); and Assistant Labor Minister for Regional Labor Affairs, Mr. Prince Korvah. Their suspension follows their absence on job during the President's unannounced visit at the ministry on Tuesday.

"President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has suspended, effective immediately, the following officials of the Ministry of Labor who were absent from work when she visited their offices at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13," a statement issued by the President's office stated.

President Sirleaf additionally suspended River Gee County Superintendent Mr. Daniel Johnson based upon a recommendation by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Morris Dukuly. The Internal has recommended the suspension of Superintendent Johnson for one month without pay for violation of Government's procurement and financial rules.

Though the release did not say discovery of said violations were made from audit, the Internal Affairs has recently announced here that ten counties, including the three Independence Day Host Counties, would be audited.

In another development, President Sirleaf has commended officials of the Ministries of Lands, Mines and Energy, and Agriculture, as well as the General Services Agency (GSA) for being at work when she visited their respective places of work.

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