“Joe Biden Puts Liberian Government under Pressure In Perfecting Governance “..says Finance minister
By: Washington Tumay Watson –firstname.lastname@example.org
MONROVIA-Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah has disclosed that the Government under the leadership of President George Weah is under pressure in perfecting governance.
He said the president of the United States of America Joe Biden has invited President George Weah, but did not indicate the time that the Liberian leader will honor the invitation from President Biden.
Speaking during the Public Procurement and Concession Commission third Annual Procurement Forum under the Theme: “innovation and Reforms –Strengthening Liberia Public Procurement System” Minister Tweah said moving forward the government will not relent to institute governance in the procurement and other financial process in line with the legal processes by every procurement entity of the government.
“With the Joe Biden administration rating countries with good governance , our country has been invited by president Joe Biden , to get a close relation with the Biden administration; we have to show significant in the invisible and intangible in the governances processes” Minister Tweah said.
He further said the government is now working in the area of invisible tangibles to meet up with international standers of governance and not the Liberian way of governance.
According to him, the Government and that of its Citizens only see what is being physical but do not value the invisible tangibles that controlled the physical development.
Minister Tweah said since the last ten years, the Government of Liberia had not passed the government regulatory policy including governance effectiveness policies.
“Everybody should perfect the procurement processes all other entities of Government, he indicated.
Minister Tweah further wondered what is responsible for those government ministries and Agencies including commissions that are not meeting in time with the procurement processes; that are causing serious delay in implementing those developmental programs.
He urged every head of the government entity, especially the procurement Directors and Managers to drive the procedure processes of the government, especially in the area of procurement.
“If your boss wants to give you hard time, invite me as Minister of Finance, you as procurement heads are responsible to do the right things in the government” he noted.
Minister Tweah said it is unhealthy that people will know the right thing and are not doing it with in the government.
He further said the Ministry of Finance is not going to pay any money to government ministries and agencies including commissions when they do not meet up with the procurement processes that will not adhered to such a legal procedures.
“We should move away with the Liberian way and do the right things,” Minister Tweah indicated.
Minister Tweah further said the Ministry of Finance will not allow any entity to undermine the procurement process and other financial legal processes to undertake their project.
He challenged all staff of the various ministries and agencies and commissions to work ahead in meeting their objectives through the procurement processes to effectively implement those projects that will grade the country governance system.
During the event the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission Atty. Jargbe Roseline Nagbe-Kowo said the Government of Liberia procurement threshold is around five as a country.
She said the government can migrate to have a better number within the procurement process if the right things are done by every entity of the government by ensuring the procedure and apply it as a procurement professional who know what he or she should know what to do and ensure that their bosses adhered to such procedure .
She urged heads of those procuring entities to apply the procurement laws in the enhancement of the sector among others.