The way Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is conducting herself now sends a signal that the Commission is seriously “misplaced,” Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue said.LACC recently announced that it has launched an investigation into the US$1.2 million which, according to the graft commission, was remitted to the House of Representatives to conduct a nationwide consultation on the draft Oil and Gas law.Reacting to LACC’s claims yesterday in a press conference, Deputy Speaker Barchue noted that the LACC’s well-publicized probe is “politically driven and lacks the basis of technical and financial institution as the LACC.”According to him, LACC’s request for him (Barchue) to provide information relative to US$1.2 million that was allegedly given to the House of Representatives is totally “ridiculous.”“I like to point out few errors in that communication from LACC. In the first place, we are not signatories to any account of the House as Speaker and Deputy, respectively. Signatories to the House’s account are the Chairman on Ways, Means and Finance and the Comptroller. How in the world will Cllr. Augustine Toe, who sits at the LACC and had been working with the Legislature over the years failed to know these things?“As chairman of the Consultation Committee, I was only mandated by plenary, the highest decision making body of the House, to supervise the process, that which was done perfectly well.“If there are issues, I believe the LACC should have directed her inquiries to the Chairman on Ways, Means and Finance other than me or the Speaker,” he maintained.The Grand Bassa County lawmaker further added: “I’m not against the LACC probing financial allegations, but I believed their bullet is misguided and is now being used for political reasons other than technical.“Under our constitution, you are not allowed to produce evidence against yourself, but interestingly; the LACC is requesting that I provide information and a comprehensive expenditure report including voucher and budget relating to said amount.“Is the LACC asking me to adduce evidence against myself — taking into account Article 21(h) of the Liberian Constitution, which states: “The accused shall not be compelled to furnish evidence against himself…”?”Deputy Speaker Barchue: “This is a simple and elementary error that makes LACC inept for which the fight against corruption remains a problem in our society today. An anti-graft commission like ours must check the facts properly before moving on with these things, but because there’s a motive; this is what we get from a body that should be exercising high degree of integrity.“Another proof of an inept commission is a January 20, 2015 letter addressed to Representative Edwin M. Snowe in which he (Snowe) was referred to as Chairman on Ways, Means and Finance. Is the LACC not aware that Rep. Snowe is not the chairman on budget at the House but rather Chairman on Rules, Order and Administration? Another myth again is the LACC said the money came from NOCAL, which is false and counterproductive to the operations of the Commission because the money came from the government of Liberia and not NOCAL.“All along, I have been announcing that only US$900,000 was released by the government of Liberia for this purpose, and if LACC is saying that US$1.2 million was issued to the House of Representatives; why not ask the House instead of asking me?”Meanwhile, LACC Chairman Cllr. James Verdier has since contradicted information from the Commission relating to probing these allegations. In an interview Monday at the Capitol Building, Cllr. Verdier dismissed having knowledge on these investigations.However, Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh urged the graft commission to stop carrying herself “like the only institution in the fight against corruption” and work with the Justice ministry to address the problems affecting the Liberian society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In an effort to enhance professionalism in the public service, the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now implementing a public sector learning framework. The framework will also outline the competencies that public service officers need to have, and highlight the competencies that are needed within the pathway up to the senior level of each professional grouping. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at MIND, Dr. Ruby Brown, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, said the new framework has eight pillars, including the establishment of a learning and development policy for the public sector. Story Highlights In an effort to enhance professionalism in the public service, the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now implementing a public sector learning framework.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at MIND, Dr. Ruby Brown, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, said the new framework has eight pillars, including the establishment of a learning and development policy for the public sector.Another pillar will deal with the minimum level of training that any public service officer ought to have within any year.Additionally, she said the framework speaks to professional pathways, ensuring that every job within the public service falls within a particular professional grouping.The framework will also outline the competencies that public service officers need to have, and highlight the competencies that are needed within the pathway up to the senior level of each professional grouping.She said this will be the competency framework pillar.“While we know that leadership would be a key competence, given the importance of it for the transformation that is envisaged for the public service, it has been itemised also as a pillar under the framework,” Dr. Brown said.Information and communications technology (ICT) is another pillar, as all the other pillars rely on the requisite ICT.“With the ICT pillar, at any point in time a public officer, or his or her manager can see how he or she is progressing in terms of development along a professional pathway using these,” she said.“Based on this pillar also, Government officials will be able to see how many persons we have across the public sector who are trained in a particular area,” Dr. Brown added.The CEO emphasised that the framework will anchor and sustain the transformation.Another pillar of the framework will be Government Learning needs analysis,which is a comprehensive analysis to determine the gaps in knowledge competency within the public service.The final pillar will be the orientation and reorientation of public sector workers, Dr. Brown noted.This will include new employees to the public service receiving a standard orientation of the public sector; gaining knowledge about Government formation, and reporting relationships. Additionally, existing staff will be reoriented.The CEO said that implementation should take approximately three years, and that MIND has been working with the Cabinet office; the Ministry of Finance and other key stakeholders for the implementation.