Mr. Francis M. Carbah, who served the state-owned autonomous agency (NASSCORP) for seven years with “dedication and commitment” tendered in his resignation on September 10, 2012 following what was called on “a mistaken decision” involving some financial transaction he initiated at the Corporation.
At an official fare-well major press conference yesterday at the Corporation’s Sinkor headquarters in Monrovia, Mr. Carbah told reporters that he was leaving the entity and his former subordinate workmates with a “heavy heart.”
He added that, “I worked so much during my tenure in such loft capacity to improve the system.”
According to him, on September 10, 2012, he tendered in his resignation, pursuant to an error of judgment on his part as director-general of NASSCORP.
“For this, I assume full responsibility for my mistake, and the appointing authority, the President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on September 18, 2012 accepted my decision to resign,” Mr. Carbah told the audience as he turned over the gavel of the Corporation’s authority to his deputy, Dewitt vonBallmoos.
He said, “As director-general, my sanction of NASSCORP providing a bank guarantee in favor of a contractor of the governing Unity Party (UP) building project in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County created a situation of conflict of interest.”
However, he continues, “I must state that at no point did NASSCORP incur any financial loss nor were any of its assets exposed to such risk; as the Corporation’s guarantee was withdrawn and replaced by one in my name.”
On September 18, 2012, President Sirlead accepted the resignation of Mr. Carbah from the position of Managing Director of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) for what was described as “gross indiscretion in financial management” at NASSCORP.
Also affected along with Mr. Carbah was Hodo Mariam, First Secretary at the Liberian Embassy in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire, who was dismissed by the President for “abandoning his post and engaging in acts unbecoming of a diplomat,” a press statement issued on Tuesday by the Executive Mansion explained.
Others suspended by the President for one month and without pay for “behavior unbecoming of high-level officials” at the Ministry of Labor included J. Cole Bangulu, deputy Minister for Administration, Michael Wah, Assistant Minister, Trade Union Affairs, and Ms. Rosetta Jackollie, Assistant Minister for Labor Standards.The rest are Ms. Jacqueline Capehart, deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Youth & Sports, and Boakai Jalieba, Assistant Minister for Technical & Vocational Training, Ministry of Youth & Sports.