President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says she owes no apology for her failure to appoint an Auditor-General of the Republic of Liberia, since the departure of Mr. John Mulu several months ago.
Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah addressing media personnel at his Foreign Ministry/Executive Mansion office in Monrovia on Thursday, July 5, reaffirmed the President’s defense for not appointing an Auditor-General up to this time, claiming “the President wants to be more careful and scrupulous in the vetting process.”
Piah noted, “the appointment of an Auditor-General was a requirement and the President has chosen to be scrupulous and critical in how she makes the selection and that will be done.” He assured.
However, it may be recalled that the head of Delegate of the European Union (EU) office in Monrovia, Attilio Pacifici revealed that the EU will no longer support the position of Auditor General of the Republic of Liberia, such as the payment of salary.
The EU said it will instead divert the salary that was paid to former Auditor-General, John Morlu, to the institution instead. Pacifici recently disclosed that, “the agreement we made with the government was that we will support the institution because we have to build the institution.”
He said former Auditor-General Morlu was somebody who built up the system; did his job and his contract finished, it is over.” Ambassador Pacifici, declared conclusively.
In another development, while grading the Liberian Government recently, the Liberia Media Center (LMC), said President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s 150-day deliverables scored zero percent, because of her failure to appoint someone to the position of Auditor-General seemingly over a protracted period.
But speaking in defense of the administration, Presidential Press Secretary Piah said, “the President decided to be very critical in the process of scrutinizing and mind you, in the absence of that, it does not suggest that the auditing commission is not working.”
“The Auditing Commission is working; it has a leadership and it has people who are performing.” Press Secretary, Piah defended.
Speaking further, Secretary Piah declared,“the Liberian Government is not crawling and that could not be a reason because the President did say when she spoke the last time that the Auditor-General will be appointed.
Our law provides for an Auditor General and whether money is coming from somewhere or not we will have an Auditor-General.” He maintained defiantly. This is an apparent response to the European Union’s head of Delegate decision to no longer pay the salary of the Auditor-General of Liberia.
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