Liberian Government Institutes Measures To Gain Credibility, Win International Support

By Josephus Moses Gray
Monrovia, Liberia

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
July 29, 2005


With less then five months in office, the transitional government of Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant has instituted several measures aimed at bringing credibility to the government and winning Liberia’s partners over for supports.

According to the NTGL, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs has been suspended and his deputy dismissed. Their cases have been turned over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution. A re-organization of the Bureau has also started, with seven employees already sacked for inefficiency.

The Board of Directors of the National Port Authority has been dissolved and a new Board is being re-constituted. The Ministry of Justice and the General Auditing Bureau have been mandated to investigate reports of financial mal-practices and conduct an investigative audit at the port.

Plans are underway to recruit professional accountants as controllers through competitive bidding. This is to ensure that qualified and competent individuals are hired that can provide superior performance and stand up to public scrutiny.

The NTGL says several agreements entered into outside of the Interim Procurement Procedures, have been cancelled. The agencies involved include the National Port Authority (NPA), the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LTC), and the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunication.

Other Medium Term Actions Establishing Effective Judicial Processes to Control Corruption, renovate and equip existing judicial facilities in the immediate future, construct uniform judicial facilities across the country in the medium term, and train judicial personnel to cope with current and future realities.

The NTGL also planed to upgrade and maintain a sustainable compensation structure (including the jury system), establish anti-corruption machinery into the Liberian judiciary process to enhance integrity.