Liberia’s Minister of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism Eugene Lenn Nagbe presiding over the Ministry’s regular Thursday Press Briefing today clarified that the informal diplomatic note trending on the social media about Government transferring money from the donor funds account to the consolidated account for the usage of other development initiatives in the Country is not unusual.
Nagbe said previous Government in time past did the same by transferring money from donor account to the consolidated account and so it is not a strange thing to happen in Liberia.
He said the Government of President Weah is committed and transparent and as such the Liberian leader has since issued a mandate to both Finance Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah and Central Bank of Liberia Executive Governor Nathaniel Patray to put a ring-fence over donor account and allow only to use domestic funds for other development projects in the Country.
Minister Nagbe was also quick to mention that the CDC led Gov’t paid a US$2.2M of donor funds back into their account when she newly took over from the UP led Government that did the transferred during their regime.
He acknowledged that several people in Gov’t are leaking out information to the public; something he said further speaks to the transparency and openness of the CDC led Government.
The MICAT Boss blamed the Unity Party Gov’t which he was a part of for causing the historical Economic problems the Country is currently faced with.
The Gov’t spokesman averred that the Opposition Politicians are only focus on tempering with the base of President Weah by printing a negative picture of the Gov’t; something he the Liberian people will not listen to.
He said Officials of Government have already started saving the State by allowing two times pay cuts- first ten percent and now fifteen percent this year and not those so-called “Council of Patriots”.
Nagbe re-echoed that those organizers including advisers of the planned June 7 protest that they will be responsible for any damage created should there be any during the protest.
He stated that gov’t is not taking anything lightly but remains open to dialogue.
MICAT PUBLIC AFFAIRS/05-09-2019
Reference: Robert Haynes