The Ministry of Gender and Development has responded to allegations of financial malpractice link to the Ministry. According to a press release, the Ministry said its response was intended to make clarity on few of the issues raised in the allegation
The release said upon Senate confirmation and official appointment in February of 2018, the Senior Management Team of the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection received from the Auditor General of the General Auditing Commission a completed payroll audit report of the Ministry, commissioned by the past administration, ranging from July 2014 to January 2018.
The GAC was then requested to extend the payroll audit to the final months of the past administration, ranging from October 2017 to January 2018. In June of 2017, the GAC submitted their final report, which they said, was an adverse report, which raised concerns around certain employees’ involvement with misappropriation of salaries and allowances on the Ministry’s payroll.
As such, the Deputy Minister for Administration was requested to inform the concerned employees to submit themselves to LACC and cooperate with its investigation. In line with Chapter 3, Section 4.26 a, b & c of the Civil Service Standard Orders, the involved employees have been immediately suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the LACC’s investigation.
According to the release, after consulting and discussing with CSA, and in keeping with the revised Civil Service Agency Standing Order of 2012, Chapter 3, sections 3.4.9, a & b, the Ministry requested the transfer of six employees with their salaries for administrative purposes.
The release further states that contrary to speculations by certain media entities that the Minister has refused to sign the payroll for the month of July, we will like to state that the payroll has been signed and submitted to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.
The Ministry will like to clarify that all service contracts procured for 2017/2018 fiscal year ended as of June 30th, 2018. As such, upon advice by the office of the DMA of the need to at all times have the assets of the Ministry protected, the decision was made to temporarily bring in the Monrovia City Police to provide security service for the Ministry until the conclusion of negotiations and procurement for new contracts with vendors.
Additionally, we want to appreciate His Excellency President George Manneh Weah for entrusting us to coordinate the Independence celebration with the Children of Liberia. On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, the Ministry will coordinate an Extravaganza for the children at the Monrovia City Hall Theatre and on Friday, July 27, 2018, we will host the children’s Independence Day party at the SKD complex and ATS simultaneously. Additionally, the Ministry will be identifying with children who are recent flood victims, the release stated.