Mano River Union Youth Parliament Alarms Over ‘Missing’ US$23K Cheque at Ministry of Finance – FrontPageAfrica

Deputy Minister of Finance for Fiscal Affairs, Samora Wolokollie

Monrovia – The Liberia’s parliament of the Mano River Union Youth has alarmed that its second budgetary allotment in the tune of US$23,000 cheque has gone missing at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).

According to
the group, the missing cheque situation follows months of “serious undue
bureaucracy and complications” in the application process.

The group
claimed that the check was released by the Comptroller General of the Ministry
of Finance three months ago and was forwarded to the office of the Deputy
Minister of Finance for Fiscal Affairs, Samora Wolokollie to affix his
signature before issuance.

According to the group, Deputy Minister Wolokollie has since signed the
cheque but refused to release it.

When contacted,
Mr. Wolokollie could not admit or deny the Mano River Union Youth Parliament’s
claims. He told FrontPage Africa that he was too busy with the budget hearing
at the Legislature to respond to every allegation.

Speaking to
reporters, the Speaker of the Mano River Union Youth Parliament, Liberia’s
Chapter, Mohammed A. Massaley lamented that the refusal of the MFDP to disburse
the check is impeding the smooth operations of the organization.

“Our cheque has
gone missing somewhere and this is going to stall the progress of over 30
parliamentarians and 10 staff who offer youth development services to over a
million young people across the 15 counties,” Mr. Massaley stated.

“We will not be
able to implement our programs. Recently, our partners came from Sweden and
they wanted to have a meeting with us in our office but that was impossible. We
were thrown. This is bad. These are sad times for us in Liberia.”

Speaking
further, he narrated that the Government of Liberia has not been fully
supporting the Parliament. He noted the government drastically cut down the
group’s budget from US$90,000 in the previous budget year to US$28,000 for
Fiscal Year 2018/2019.

Out of the
US$28,000, Massalley indicated that only US$5,000 the group received back in
October 2018.

The Government,
he added, has deliberately refused to disburse the remaining US$23,000 despite
all effort exerted by his leadership to engage officials of the Ministry of
Finance including the Minister Samuel Tweah and his deputy, Mr. Wolokollie.

He explained
that sometimes they are met with insults and intimidation by Minister Tweah and
Deputy Minister Wolokollie. 

He said: “All
effort to reach them has failed. We have only been met with insults and this is
a complete disrespect to the Mano River Union Youth Parliament. My leadership
took a delegation to meet the Minister of Finance to tell him about the
situation but we were not allowed to meet him. When I phoned him, I can’t say
the word that he said on the radio. Honestly, it is so disappointing. This is
irresponsible leadership at the level of the Ministry of Finance. The minister
of Finance is even aware.”
He continued: “With all the news of missing cheques
and people misappropriating money, it is even worrisome. Our cheque has gone
missing somewhere and this is going to stall the progress of over 30
parliamentarians and 10 staff who offer youth development services to over a
million young people across the 15 counties.”


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