14 October 2013

Liberia: Anti-Corruption Commission Exposes LPRC Management

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has asserted that the use of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company(LPRC) resources to pay for full page advertisement in most newspapers on behalf of the Managing Director of the LPRC, Mr. T. Nelson Williams is an abuse and waste of public resources, which is tantamount to corruption.

According to the LACC, the LPRC is not the declarant and is therefore not a party to this issue.

The assertions by the LACC were contained in a press release issued in Monrovia. The Commission's press release was in response to a press release earlier issued by the management of the LPRC against the LACC just released Assets Verification Report-Phase II and published in several local newspapers.

its press release, the management of the LPRC insinuated that the LACC had intimated that the LPRC Managing Director, Mr. T. Nelson Williams is among public officials who have deliberately refused to cooperate with the Commission on grounds that he has not declared his income, assets and liabilities.

But the Commission described the LPRC press release as a complete misrepresentation of the facts. The LACC made it clear that at no time did it indicate that Mr. Williams deliberately refused to cooperate with Commission because he did not declare his assets.

Instead, the Commission stated that it placed the name of the LPRC Managing Director among officials who deliberately refused to cooperate with the LACC Asset Verification Team to verify his income, assets and liabilities as declared.

The Commission explained that there is a distinction between Asset Declaration (AD) and Asset Verification (AV).

The Asset Declaration regime, the Commission further explained, provides information about the income, assets and liabilities of officials prior to or while in public office, while the Asset Verification program verifies the income, assets and liabilities of the declarants.

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