The Maryland County District 3 Representative, Rev. Dr. Isaac Roland, has called for the immediate resignation or unconditional dismissal of Finance Minister, Amara M. Konneh.
Representative Roland said Minister Konneh and his team of lieutenants has grossly under-performed, something he claims is primarily responsible for the successive budget short-falls since becoming Minister.
The lawmaker made the disclosure on Saturday, April 19, at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia. The Maryland County lawmaker told journalists that dismissing the Finance Minister now would make the country’s economy better. He, however, did not say how it would help make the nation’s economy better.
Rep. Roland noted that Minister Konneh has continued to give justifications for budget short-falls—excuses he called “flimsy”— that expose Konneh’s inability, and that of his team, to manage the Finance Ministry.
According to Rep. Roland, the Finance Minister’s frequent, alleged, financial blunders continue to injure the country’s middle-income economy—something that he said could lead Liberia down a dangerous path.
The lawmaker, who is a member of the House’s Ways, Means and Finance Committee, said that Minister Konneh and his deputies were seriously misplaced and needed to find the proper position he should be occupying, but not the country’s treasury.
The Maryland County District 3 lawmaker, however, described the Finance Minister as someone with Information Technology background, who lacks the requisite technical, financial know-how needed to manage the fiscal policies of the government during these critical times of national recovery.
According to the lawmaker, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf should immediately institute dismissal actions against Minister Konneh if Liberia is to recover from the issue of budget short-falls.
The Maryland County lawmaker said the refusal of the President to act prudently and timely on the call for Minister Konneh’s removal would lead to a serious economic crisis, thereby undermining the government’s quest to stabilize the economy.
Representative Roland vowed to provide the Liberian media with cogent documents that would expose Minister Konneh’s incompetence to preside over the country’s fiscal realm.
The Maryland County lawmaker noted that the short-falls of budget by the Finance Minister represents a serious threat to the national coffers of Liberia, stating that Mr. Konneh needs to find the right job and desist from playing with the nation’s budget.