June 9, 2018, - Monrovia, Liberia: Terming it “appalling, contrary to good governance, and a recipe to dismantle government ministries and agencies.” the Minister of Youth and Sports, D. Zeogar has reacted sharply to Montserrado County District # 2 Representative Jimmy Smith’s introduction of a bill to the House of Representatives calling for an “Act to Detach the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) from the Ministry of Youth and Sports to become an autonomous institute,
Recently, Representative Smith accused the ministry of operating a “bureaucratic bottleneck system which, according to him serves as an impediment to the smooth running of the school, among other things.
But in a strongly worded communication to House Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers, dated July 9, 2018, Minister Wilson out rightly rejected the lawmaker’s allegation and wrote: “…like any other government entity, including the National Legislature, the ministry only follows the Public Financial Management (PFM) and Public Procurement & Concession Commission (PPCC) laws of the Republic of Liberia” in the discharge of its duties.
“If this is what the Honorable Representative calls bureaucratic bottleneck, than it is rather unfortunate that a lawmaker will refer to the law of the land as such and seek to make an organ of government-run institution autonomous, simply because the ministry follows the law,” Min. Wilson regretted.
“There exists no bureaucratic system under my administration. Hon. Speaker, it will interest you to know that since I took over as minister of Youth and Sports, Representative Smith has not brought to my attention concerns he has had in the past that were not addressed; neither has he said nor informed me of any concerns he has with my administration. This is why his action is so surprising to the ministry.”
“Therefore,” the Minister continued, Honorable Speaker, the Act introduced by Representative Smith is contrary to good governance. It is a a recipe for dismantling of government ministries and agencies and sends a message that following the law is a crime, if allowed to survive.”
Concluding, Min. Wilson called on the House of Representatives and all sub-committees of the National Legislature to reject the proposed bill by Rep. Smith.