Unspecified Action Awaits Gov’t, If…

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The Western Region Solidarity Movement (WRSM) in collaboration with the Consortium of University Students of Liberia (COUS), has threatened unspecified actions against the government if it fails to dismiss the Director General of The National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP). Accordingly, the three western region counties include Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount, while the universities are University of Liberia (UL), African Methodist Zion University (AMZU), African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and the United Methodist University (UMU). The group in a joint statement issued on Monday, June 10, 2024 in Monrovia and signed by its Chairman, Joseph Barclay and Secretary General Martin Karr, asserted that its attention has been drawn to what it termed as the ‘prolonged and deliberate absent from work of NASSCORP Director, Dewitt VanBoomus for the past one year six months, as he continues to benefit from tax payers money. According to them, for the past one year six months and up to date, Director Van Boomus has not been seeing anywhere around the facility of the institution, as his health condition still remain unexplained. The group is therefore calling on President Joseph N. Boakai to with immediate effect replace him as NASSCORP boss due to his countless unexplained attitude towards the institution, evidence by his absent from work.  “Mr. President, we want to remind you that salaries and allowances paid to Mr. VanBoomus monthly are tax payers’ money, and it must be justified by daily attendance and job done, and not one being absent from work as he continues to exhibit without justifiable reasons,” they said. Accordingly, it has become imperatively necessary that they as Civil Society Organization take the bull by the horn and voice out the gross violation, disrespectful attitude and lack of interest in the job. “Mr. President, you promised that there will be no business as usual and so we are demanding the immediate replacement of the NASSCORP boss for the functionality and proactive environment, looking at the importance of the entity,” they noted. WRSM and COUS joint release added that they have been reliable informed that the NASSCORP boss is unable to perform his responsibility at the institution due to his prolonged illness, something they said is seriously undermining the vision of the President. “If nothing is done Mr. President, it would appear like you are aware of what Mr. VanBoomus is doing and still keeping him on the job despite his medical condition,” they said. Accordingly, they are calling on the President to invoke the Civil Service Standing orders provision against the NASSCORP boss, something which will serve as deterrent and a message to those who are contemplating on doing the same. “Mr. President, if we would have a society for all Liberians; it should be based on equal opportunities for all. The application of the rule of law must be impartially discharged and not selective which we believe will damage the future, and we want to call on all well-meaning Liberians to join us to ensure that tax payers beneficiaries do the needful,” they concluded.  The group has also threatened to storm the headquarters of NASSCORP and the Executive Manson in demand of Director VanBoomus dismissal. Macpherson C. Marbiah writes/0886442881-0777250370

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