23 June 2014

Liberia: Montserrado's Account Depleted?

It appears that both the social and development accounts for Montserrado County are depleted as two separate checks issued to the African Methodist Episcopal University on Camp Johnson Road and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University College in Po River bounced, respectively.

According to a communication from Montserrado County Senior Senator, Madam Joyce Musu Freeman Sumo to plenary last Thursday, on April 28, 2014, two checks were issued to both institutions respectively but they bounced.

"On April 28 of this year, two checks were issued to the AME Zion University and AME University respectively and both checks bounced. This situation is a shame on me as senior senator and the rest of officials of the first county in our Republic. Such action should be arrested so as to avoid such ugly situation from happening," Senator Musu Freeman Sumo said.

She said the checks were issued to settle the tuition of students on the county's scholarship, adding that the situation has caused her office great deal of embarrassment. The communication further states that up to present, students that are on the scholarship are currently out of school and they were not reportedly allowed to take final examinations because of Superintendent Frances Brandy's refusal to honor President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's mandate to pay their fees.

Senator Sumo explaining to her colleagues in plenary, said in April, the Montserrado Legislative Caucus, Finance Minister Amara Konneh, Internal affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, and Superintendent Brandy met with President Sirleaf to discuss wide of range of issues, including the county's social and development funds as well as scholarships for students.

According to her, during the meeting, President Sirleaf authorized Minister Amara Konneh to remit to the Montserrado County Account the amount of US$800,000 for ongoing projects as the resolution of the county's sitting 2012/2013.

Meanwhile, Sen. Sumo has requested plenary to invite Supt. Brandy to show reasons why she has refused to act accordingly. However, Montserrado Junior Senator, Mrs Geraldine Doe Sherif, has promised to resolve the matter through the Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly.

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