‘Behave Well or Else’

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The General Services Agency (GSA) has warned government fleet users to stick to the rules in order to avoid any embarrassment from the agency. The Director General, Madam Mary T. Broh, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview over the weekend, that the GSA will not tolerate misbehavior on the part of anyone using the government of Liberia’s (GOL) fleet of vehicles.

She said one of the primary responsibilities of the GSA is to ensure the proper management of GOL fleet. Madam Broh has been criticized in some quarters of using a ‘hard hand’ to enforce the law since she took over as GSA Director. Some of her critics, who beg for anonymity, said the GSA boss has been chasing them to pack their vehicles after working hours.

“Madam Broh is a hard working woman, but she is going too far,” one critic added.

But the GSA boss has insisted that she will not bend the law. “We will not compromise our responsibility to protect GOL properties because we know that the government spends millions of the taxpayers’ money every year to acquire them,” she said.

According to the GSA boss, “No one is above the law when it comes to the maintenance of GOL fleet.”

The former Monrovia City Mayor vowed to take the plate numbers of any GOL vehicles caught violating the rules.

The Act creating the GSA gives the institution the power to manage and maintain GOL properties including vehicles.

The Act also requires all GOL vehicles to be serviced by the GSA. Interestingly, the Act requires all government vehicles, except the ones being used in special cases, to park by 6:00 post-meridiem (p.m.) daily, especially after working hours.

Most government offices close at 4:00 p.m. daily, but, for decades now, public officials have been accustomed to using GOL vehicles as if those vehicles were their personal properties.

“We need to change this behavior,” Broh said as she beamed with a smile at the Executive Pavilion Saturday evening where she had gone to pay homage to retired National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) officials Mrs. Marie Leigh-Parker and Mrs. Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah.

The pair had served NOCAL in senior positions for many years, but they were officially retired by the Company on Saturday.

“I have come to join other government officials to thank Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Saytumah because these two women are distinct in their characters and humbled in their service to their country and people,” Madam Broh stated. She added “they have done their best and have worked hard.”  

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