Who’s Collecting $LD 4,000.00 From Cheifs For Employment In Bong? –Internal Affairs Minister urges Bongese to remain watchful and report corruption or misconduct within the Ministry local office in Bong County

Liberia Internal Affairs Minister Varney A. Sirleaf has termed as unlawful, recent reports circulating in the media regarding alleged instructions by local staffers at the county level asking the newly employed local chiefs to pay 4,000 LD in exchange for their employment letters in Bong County.

It has been reported in the County that some unscrupulous individuals at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) have been collecting four thousand ($LD 4,000.00) Liberian dollars from struggling chiefs before they can receive their employment letter.

Minister Sirleaf said it is important to ensure transparency, fairness, and adherence to ethical standards within the ministry.  

“I was informed by Superintendent Esther Walker that some chiefs reported to her that they have been requested to pay four thousand Liberian dollars before they can receive their employment letter from the County Human Resource/Personal Analyst office (s) here in the County,” he noted.

According to Minister Varney Sirleaf, the reported instructions for payment in exchange for the employment letters are contrary to the principles and practices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

To curtail the alleged corrupt act, the MIA Boss has instructed Superintendent Esther Walker to oversee the employment letters distribution instead of Jefferson Gbanyan, the County Human Resource/ Personal Analyst.

Furthermore, Minister Sirleaf alleged that the collection of these employment letters from the Ministry office in Monrovia was done by Jefferson Gbaryan for onward distribution to the chiefs in the County.

He revealed that the move was intended to cut down the spending of the chiefs, adding instead of the chiefs paying their way from their various districts to come to Monrovia for their employment we decided to send it in the County, but I’m surprised to hear that some individuals are collecting money from the chiefs regarding their letter.

Notwithstanding, the Liberia Internal Affairs Minister urged the public to remain watchful and report any instances of corruption or misconduct within the Ministry’s local office in Bong County.

But speaking in an interview, via telephone from Kinema in Sierra Leone on a local radio station in Gbarnga, the accused Personnel Analyst Jefferson Gbanyan denied his involvement in any financial collection.

Mr. Gbaryan who said he is seeking medical treatment in that African country said he does not know the collection of the alleged $ 4,000.00LD.

He further said the allegations leveled against him have no iota of truth. 

By Patrick Stephen Tokpah

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