Liberia: Agriculture Boss Faces Corruption Probe

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The plenary of the Liberian Senate has forwarded Agriculture Minister Jennie Cooper, to the Liberia Anti Corruption Fee and The general Auditing Fee for investigation on allegations of corruption launched as quickly as extrast her by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

An investigative report by the Committee reveals that Minister Cooper gave 4 contracts to 4 advertvisors working in her office for a two-yr interval, collectively with her brcompletely different Zubin Cooper, in direct battle of curiosity.

Recipients of the contracts embrace: Mr. Thomas Gbokie, Agricultural Information Administration Advisor, whose annual wage is US$100,000, with a two-yr contract valued at US$ 99,984 beneath the Small Holder Agriculture Transportation and Agri-enterprise Revitalization Enterprise that runs from February 15, 2021- February 14, 2023; Mr. Sylvester W. Taylor, Monetary Administration Advisor with an annual wage of US$50,000, has a project valued US$ 99,984 that runs from February 3, 2021, to February 2, 2023, beneath the Small Holder Agriculture Transportation and Agri-enterprise Revitalization Enterprise. Mr. Zubin Cooper, Who’s a brcompletely different of the Agriculture Minister, and is the Communication and Advertising Specialist On the ministry with a yrly wage of US$100,000, advertditionally has a project valued at US$ 99,984 beneath the Small Holder Agriculture Transportation and Agri-enterprise Revitalization Enterprise with an implementation interval of February 15, 2021, to February 14, 2022, and lastly, Mr. Luakena A. Tolbert, Monetary Funding and Communication Advisor, who earns a yrly wage of US$ 60,000 and ran a project valued US$60,000 from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, respectively.

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The Committee advertditionally found that Mr. Luakena Tolbert Isn’t an worker of the Ministry of Agriculture, however is a signatory to its acrely.

By way of the investigation, the Committee found that a contract of US$298,145.42 was awarded to Mr. Momolu Tolbert, CEO of Liberia Cocoa Company by Madvertam Cooper To current F1 hybrid Cocoa seeds to the Ministry, however Pretty The completely different, he launched in lifeless seeds Aside from the F1 Hydrid Cocoa seeds.

FABRAR Liberia is being awarded a contract beneath the STAR-P project of the Ministry of Agriculture. The Committee advertditionally reviews that Minister Cooper advertmitted that she is fobeneath and CEO of FABRAR, however Did not have something to do with the contract although she signed on behalf of the Ministry for FABRAR To current 200 metric tons of rice.

In the meantime, the Enterprise Administration Unit of the Ministry has been And by no means using a director for over two yrs as a Outcome of Madvertam Cooper has allegedly refused to promote the place for vetting of Informationable director, Insteadvert, she reportedly appointed one Ansu Konneh, who lacks related skills to run the unit as quickly as extrast coverage of the Ministry of Agriculture. However, Mr. Konneh allegedly runs and indicators all paperwork on behalf of the PMU with out vetting.

Minister Cooper reportedly alleged that 20 automobiles of the Ministry of Agriculture hadvert gone lacking with out her knowledge. However the Senate Committee advertditionally found that $5.5 million Coronavirus Emergency Fund entrusted to her care as Minister, Might not be advertequately acrelyed for.

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