Corruption Virus Hits PFMU
-Report On W/Bank’s $5M Inaccurate
The Public Agenda Newspaper has been investigating how the Project Financial Management Unit (PFMU) at the Ministry of Finance & Development Planning along with the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) handled US$5 million provided by the World Bank (WB) to resettle project affected people during the construction/ rehabilitation of the Redlight-Ganta Road corridor under what is referred to as the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP). According to document available to the Public Agenda, the World Bank through the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) made available the amount of US$8.0 million, including US$3.0 million reimbursement to the Liberian Government (GoL) as a budgetary allotment to pay Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to targeted 1,288 beneficiaries.
But following the execution of the exercise, the PFMU gave conflicting financial reports on the usage of US$5 million intended to resettle project affected people under the RAP.
Documents released by the PFMU with various dates under the signature of Christopher K. Sokpor; Ph.D suggest that corruption virus which paralyzed the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime did not spare the PFMU which was created at the Ministry of Finance to reduce the incidence of corruption.
According to Public Agenda’s investigation, the documents reveal that the PFMU over stated payments to beneficiaries, something that raises eyebrows and needed full clarification on how the money was expended.
Although the Public Agenda made efforts to contact the Ministry of Finance/ PFMU, authorities there are yet to comment on the issue.
Liberia’s new President, George Manneh Weah has shown signs of intolerance for corruption in the public sector; the Liberian leader called on citizens during his inauguration on January 22, 2018 to end corrupt practices if the Nation would make progress in development; he vowed to ensure that public money does not land in the pockets of government officials at the detriment of the masses.
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