The NEWS (Monrovia)

27 May 2014

Liberia: Ellen to Probe Resignation

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is said to be deeply concerned about the resignation of Madam Peggy Varfley Meres, former Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC), Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek M. Piah has disclosed.

Last week, Madam Meres resigned from the Commission citing non compliance of government's institutions to her office.

Appearing Monday on Truth Breakfast Show on Truth FM, Mr. Piah said the President is concerned about the reasons cited by Madam Meres in her letter.

Mr. Piah said the President will go to the bottom of Madam Meres' resignation to establish the fact surrounding the issues raised.

He said if those issues raised by Madam Meres are established to be true, the President will engage the Board of PPCC to right the wrong.

The Presidential Press Secretary said the President considers PPCC as critical to the fight against corruption and will ensure that it remains independent.

Prior to Madam Meres' resignation, the PPCC was said to be struggling to get heads of government ministries and agencies to cooperate with the commission.

Recently, the commission was said to be engulfed in disagreement over a catering contract at the Liberia National Police Training Academy, which was awarded to Adelaide Gardner.

Madam Gardner is a member of the President's Kitchen Cabinet, who reportedly used her unofficial capacity to bulldoze her way through a catering contract, using the President's name and, according to LNP sources, intimidating commandants at the academy into withdrawing a qualified bid winner and declaring Gardner the winner.

Gardner, according to FrontPage Africa, succeeded in being awarded the contract for the provision of catering services to the NPTA for about three consecutive years, prior to the current fiscal period.

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