Early on Thursday morning, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf paid a visit to the offices of the Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) to discuss difficulties faced by public entities in implementing projects in this critical Dry Season period.
According to an Executive Mansion release, neither the Chairman of the Board, the Executive Director nor any of the Commissioners was present, and so President Sirleaf rescheduled the meeting to convene at the Ministry of State.
The meeting was subsequently attended by the PPCC Commissioners; the Acting Minister of Justice, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh; and the Legal Advisor to the President, Cllr. Seward Cooper. The Chairman of the Board and the Executive Director were reportedly out of the country.
The President requested the Commissioners to be more mindful of their duties by working more frequently with staff rather than only on a quarterly basis. She also called upon them to be mindful that project implementation is highest in the Dry Season, and to cooperate with all public entities rather than be obstacles.
The President recognized that entities had the responsibility in submitting their Cash and Procurement Plans and meeting other provisions of the Public Procurement Law. However, she expected PPCC to provide full assistance to entities that do not fully understand the laws or have limited capacity.
The President closed the meeting by warning that if anyone duly obstructs the implementation of the administration's development projects during this critical period, they will be removed from their position.
In another development, the President, arriving at the Ministry of State at 9:30 a.m., toured the floors and found that the majority of her Senior Staff were absent from their offices. They were all suspended on the job for one day without pay. They were also required to pay the equivalent of one day's salary to the Comptroller of the Ministry, which will be paid into Government's revenue, and a flag receipt submitted to the Human Resource Office.