…For possible ‘conflict of interest’
Grand Bassa County District #4 Representative, Vicent S.T. Willie, has called on members of the special committee set-up by President George Weah to review all concession agreements, that might have relations with concessionaires, to quit their jobs to avoid conflict of interests.
President Weah recently established a committee headed by Cllr. Archibald Bernard as chairman and Legal Advisor to the President, to probe the legality of concession agreements entered into by Government during the regime of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Other members of the committee are Cllr. T. Negbalee Warner, vice chair; Charles Bright, member and Economic Advisor to the President; Cllrs. Necular Y. Edwards, Bendu E. Clark, Juah Nancy Cassell, Jallah Barbu, Teplah Reeves and David A. B Jallah.
Rep. Willie claimed to have sufficient and credible information that some of the lawyers appointed on the committee are rendering or have rendered legal services for companies whose legalities the President appointed them to probe.
Willie told a news conference yesterday that the work of the committee risks being overshadowed by controversies and conflict of interest if these individuals do not recuse themselves or are not made to resign.
Rep. Willie chairs the House Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy and Natural Resources and Environment. Though he holds all members of the committee in high esteem, he said he will not hesitate to release the names of any of the members who have relationship with companies they have been tasked to probe.
“You can’t be a player and a referee at the same time, because we cannot have people who provided legal guidance for some of these companies by carving contracts in their interest, without considering the majority to sit on the investigative committee to review the very agreement they helped to draft,” Rep. Willie said.
The Grand Bassa County Lawmaker vowed to ensure that the interest of the Liberian people is not circumvented because of personal interest by a few individuals, noting, “we will be unstoppable in disclosing details about connections some of the committee’s members have with concession companies if they ignore issues of integrity that may impede the purpose of the committee, by not resigning from said committee.”