11 September 2013

Liberia: Gov't Vehicles Must Park At 8pm - Mary Broh

The unnecessary use of government vehicles and assets after normal working hours will stop, according to GSA director-general designate Mary Broh, who vows to park all government marked vehicles at 8pm daily if confirmed by the Liberian Senate. "We must preserve our government assets," she told this paper Monday following her nomination Friday by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

"The use of government vehicles at night at various entertainment centers must stop under my stewardship." She told this paper that policies to ensure the parking of all government vehicles after 8pm, a nationwide tour to ascertain the current facilities and asserts of government as well as the construction of GSA regional offices across the country were top on her 90-day deliverables agenda.

The misuse of government vehicles is common during night hours with scores of vehicles seen at several tea and alcoholic shops in Monrovia and its environs least to mention during weddings and graduation ceremonies, this paper has observed

Ms. Broh, a current Interim Chair at the Bureau of Vital Statistics, extended gratitude to President Sirleaf for her appointment and vowed to do her best in the interest of the country. Broh's tenure at the (Birth Certificate) Bureau, which ends this month, has been characterized by strict measures in place for the obtaining birth certificates weeks after president Sirleaf expressed frustration over the circulation of certificates, which she said, was aiding human trafficking. Broh further vowed to boost the professional capacity of hundreds of employees at GSA. According to her, it was about time to decentralize the operations of the GSA and called on all Liberians to join her determination to succeed, admitting that she cannot succeed without public support. "If we are to preserve our assets, the public will have to work along with us closely," she appealed. "We will need members of the public to inform us where government assets are kept or hidden by individuals most especially at night." Meanwhile, several groups including the Movement Against Violence and Impunity in Africa (MAVIA), have welcomed the appointment of Mary Broh and vowed to work closely with her administration.

MAVIA Country Representative, Joseph Bush Trinity described Broh's appointment as timely and called on members of the Senate to fast track her confirmation this week. "We hope that this time around members of the Liberian Senate will not personalized the Madam Broh issue, but rather see it from a national front," Mr. Trinity urged. Although, Senate officials are yet to confirm, reports gathered by this paper say she is likely to appear before the senate this week for her confirmation proceedings.

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