US$22.4M Saga Continues -MPW Minister To Reappear Before The House

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The Honorable House of Representatives (HOR) has taken decisive action in response to concerns raised regarding the awarding of US$22.4 million road contracts by the Ministry of Public Works.

A release from the House Press and Public Affairs says, following an initial appearance by Minister Roland Layfette Giddings on Thursday, the House found the documentation provided inadequate to substantiate the authorization of these contracts without legislative approval. The House’s decision to reschedule Minister Giddings’ appearance on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, underscores its commitment to transparency and accountability in government expenditures.  This action follows a communication from Bong County District 5 Representative, Eugine J.M. Kollie, highlighting discrepancies in the awarding process of these contracts. Representative Kollie emphasized the requirement under Liberia’s Public Financial Management (PFM) and Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) laws, which mandate legislative approval prior to the awarding of significant contracts.  The Representative expressed grave concerns about the integrity of the bidding process and the management of public funds in this matter. “As a member of the House of Representatives, I am deeply concerned about the lack of legislative oversight in the awarding of such a significant amount of public funds,” stated Representative Kollie.  He underscored the critical role of legislators in upholding transparency and ensuring adherence to legal and procedural frameworks governing public expenditure. The rescheduled appearance of Minister Giddings will provide an opportunity for thorough examination and clarification regarding the awarding of these contracts and the adherence to regulatory protocols.  The House remains steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding public resources and maintaining accountability in governance.

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