Over US$1 Million In Question
-PFMU, MPW In Disagreement
The Public Agenda has been reporting on some disagreement between the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and the Project Financial Management Unit (PFMU) at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) with focus on World Bank’s funding to Liberia.
According to documents available to the Public Agenda, the World Bank through the MPW provided the amount of US$8.0 million, including US$3.0 million reimbursement to the Government of Liberia as budgetary allocation to pay Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to targeted 1,288 beneficiaries.The document from the Ministry of Finance revealed that the PFMU was involved in the payment of US$5.0 million to the beneficiaries; the document noted that US$5.0 million was apportioned to the four (4) affected Regions along the Monrovia-Gbargna Highway during the implementation of the road project.
In one its reports following the completion of the exercise, the PFMU documented that a total of US$5,023,214.50 was allotted to pay 1,288 Property Affected Persons in the Region and reported that a total of US$5,001,129.98 was paid to 1,330 PAPS leaving a gross saving of US$22,084.52.
But in MPW’s reaction to the PFMU, the US$22,084.52 cannot be endorsed by the Ministry’s RAP Team due to “wide range of inaccuracies” in the PFMU report.
“As per our records, PFMU should have in her possession a balance of approximately US$1,505,150.15 instead of US$22,084.52 out of the US$5,000,000.00 balance from funding provided by the World Bank”, the Public Works said in its reaction.
On November 14, 2017, the PFMU released another report contradicting its initial report which Public Works rejected and nearly came close to what Public Works reported.
Meanwhile, the PFMU is yet to comment on the matter despite efforts being made by the Public Agenda Newspaper to ascertain the facts.
Recently, President George MannehWeah announced his administration’s intention to do a general audit of all ministries and agencies that operated under the erstwhile regime of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who administration was characterized by endemic corruption.