Monrovia — Liberia's Human Rights Lawyer, Samuel Kofi Woods, II has called for a comprehensive audit of both the Ministries of Finance and Planning.
Atty. Woods made the call during a Thanksgiving and Appreciation Service at the Melvin B. Cox Methodist Church in Lower Caldwell when he was honored for his many contributions to the State, Church and Humanity.
He said if an audit has already been conducted, the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislature should conduct the necessary hearings to establish a firm foundation for the merger of both institutions, which are critical to Liberia's Development.
The Liberian people need to know the status of both institutions in terms of personnel, plans, actions and other recommendations that could assist the new merger. It can be recalled that the issue of the merger of both ministries has been a source of controversy with employees demonstrating against the transition.
On another note, the former Public Works Minister has recommended that the National Independence Celebrations, July 26 this year be celebrated as a day of Fast and Prayer. He noted that there are too many unfortunate and strange developments occurring in Liberia, which he referred to as "SIGNS OF THE TIMES" that must compel Liberians to reflect.
The level of diminishing trust in public officials, the Ebola Plague, the tragic violence in Nimba and its attendant consequences, the change of venue of this year's celebrations, the raging poverty and anger amongst Liberians, the indifference, arrogance, disdain and complacency in our society are reasons not to celebrate in pomp and pageantry but rather to engage in a moment of Mediation and Reflection.