By Bill W. Cooper (Cub Reporter)
Some citizens under the banner “Concerned West Pointers” were yesterday seen in their numbers holding placards protesting opposite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They called on the government of President Weah to relocate them, as sea erosion has eaten up their homes.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards read; “the damage is huge”, “save West Point, Mr. President”; “we are homeless in West Point, President Weah.” Other wordings read : “38,000 families are homeless, Mr. President”, West Point will be swept away in no time, Mr. President, “ and “ West Pointers need the costal defense system.”
Speaking on behalf of the group, Archie C. Gbessay, noted that their gathering was to call on the government of President Weah to address their plight.
According to Gbessay, the sea erosion over the past couple of years , including this year, have made hundreds and thousands of West Pointers homeless, noting that they have tried in their weak ways to build consultation with every section, including the local leadership, their lawmaker as well as all other relevant government institutions.
“The President was in West Point at the end of June where he saw the damage caused by the sea erosion, and predicated upon that, he then instructed the Public Works Minister, Mabutu Nyanpan, to jump start the costal defense project with immediate effect, giving a timeline of July 1, but from that time to date, we have not seen any sign,” the group leader explained further.
He added that, they have engaged Minister Nyanpan on several occasions but proved futile, stressing that, before the President makes any utterances, it should be backed by an informed reliance, as well as the capacity to make engagement before utterances or mandates are released.
The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, in keeping with its statutory mandate, wishes to publish listing of Senior Government Officials who have declared their Assets and Liabilities, along with those who have NOT declared effective Friday, August 9th 2019.
The Commission’s attention has also been drawn to constant requests for copy(ies) of Public Officials Declaration, which contain assets, liabilities, net worth, financial and family interest declaration; and constant condemnation from the public against officials for NOT publishing their assets.
The Commission wishes to remind individuals or entities desirous of accessing copies of Public officials’ declarations that they should do so through the court as required by Law. The National Code of Conduct, which is an Act of Legislature, states in 10.2 that “All such declarations shall be accessible to both the public employer and the general public upon a court order, as well as to the Liberia Anti – Corruption Commission (LACC) and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) for investigative purposes.
However, the Commission welcomes voluntary publication by any public officials who sees it fit to do so.
The Commission calls on members of the Judiciary and the National Legislature to declare their assets, and submit copies of their declarations to the LACC as required by the National Code of Conduct.
Meanwhile, the list of Junior Government Officials, members of Boards along local authorities will be published subsequently.
West Pointers Cry For Relocation
By Bill W. Cooper (Cub Reporter)