The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: For NPA Job - Minister Abandons Office

Reports gathered by this paper suggest that the Minister of National Security has abandoned work, and is subsequently employed by the National Port Authority as Security Advisor to the Managing Director on sea police operations.

The report further revealed that despite abandoning his official job, Minister Samuel Brisbane still enjoys the benefits of the Ministry of National Security to include allowances, transportation, medical, as well as salary, among others.

According to the reports received from a highly placed source within the ministry, Minister Brisbane also signed vouchers and other key documents of the ministry at his Freeport of Monrovia new office, while his Gurley Street's Ministry of National Security office continues to remain tightly closed.

As a result of the minister's irregularity at the ministry, many of the employees are on a regular seen loitering the streets, while others either "only go and sign and leave for the day" or stay away from work for others to sign for them on a daily basis."

"It is very difficult in working here these days because the minister is not here with us, and that anything you want done cannot be achieved because you must drive to Freeport before the work papers are signed; Interestingly, Liberian ministers always keep things around themselves. So our work here has been impeded by him," the source said.

"My brother, nothing to do; in fact, our minister does not come to work, but he receives his allowances, salary, and other benefits then what more about me and my colleagues. We are actually following the leader," the source also noted in this paper.

When Minister Brisbane was contacted via mobile phone, he neither confirm nor deny the reports, but boasted of being professional security personnel who works any place at any time, noting that he went to school to work and live a comfortable life, and that the ministry was on the verge of collapsing or merging with other security agencies of government.

He later told the New Dawn that he has to inform his boss, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf before he can make any official statement of the allegations.

"My boss, the president should approve what I will be saying before I can go public, and the interest of those employees at the ministry are my concern. The moment I received the green light from my boss, I will call you," he said.

Minister Samuel Brisbane, former Director of the Executive Protection Service, formerly the Special Security Service or SSS, took over the intelligence ministry as head.

The advisory position at the Port was previously occupied by the former National Security Advisor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Mr. Madison Tokpah.

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