–Senate Committees Mandated to Investigate
A whistleblower within the General Services Agency has alarmed the Liberian Senate that the Deputy Director-General for Operations at that Agency is constantly and flagrantly engaged in the sale of government vehicles in an unprecedented manner outside the standards established.
“Pro-Tempore and distinguished colleagues, my office has been reliably informed that contrary to the standard procedures and protocols enshrined in the 2009 Government Fleet Policy, and asset Disposal Unit, supervised by the Deputy Director-General for Operations, Idriss Bility, is constantly and flagrantly engaged in the sale of government vehicles in an unprecedented manner outside the standards procedures established in the fleet policy mentioned above,” said Sinoe County Senator J Milton Teahjay in a communication to the Senate plenary.
According to Senator Teahjay’s letter, Bility is engaged in the massive sale of government vehicles to individuals, both in and outside of government, in violation of an established set of defined guidelines and categories that are consistent with the government 2009 fleet management policy.
“Sale as is at residual value, meaning when depreciation has been done on an asset preceding the implementation of sale vis-a-vis the cost of the item in terms of its monetary value so as to objectively determine the book value,” the communication said.
Also, another guideline not followed by the GSA according to Senator Teahjay is “The cannibalization and scrapping, meaning, the reduction or sale of a product as a consequence of the introduction of similar product, thereby endangering the destruction and scrapping of such asset given that that particular equipment cannot be repaired for the use of the institution; this means that such item is no longer useful or desirable.”
Accordingly, the Sinoe County lawmaker intimated that when all of the categories are fully complied with, it must be followed by a certificate of disposal authorization before such items can then be disposed of consistent with recommendations of an internal panel.
“Against this background, my distinguished colleagues, I crave your indulgence that the Leadership of the General Services Agency be made to appear before the plenary of the Liberian Senate to provide a detailed report on; the total government vehicles inherited from the Sirleaf administration by the Weah administration; to provide an accurate and detailed accounting of vehicles acquired/ purchased by this administration since its inception in 2018.”
Senator Teahjay’s letter is also requesting that the GSA “Provides a complete and verifiable inventory of all vehicles disposed of the General Services Agency since the incumbency of the Deputy Director-General for Operations at the GSA. To ensure accuracy, the requested submission must include the book value of each vehicle sold, how much it was sold for, and to whom it was sold accompanied by copies of bank payment slips and receipts.”
The motion to send the communication to the Committees on Autonomous Commission and Agencies and Public Accounts was unanimously approved, with the mandate that they report to plenary within two weeks.