Sen. Snowe: “Nobody Will Hide Under Int’l NGO Perceptions”

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Bomi County Senator Edwin M. Snowe, Jr.

Bomi County Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe says the COVID-19 food distribution, as relates to his county, was marked with criminality, “and for the agent of the executive to come here and try to hide under the international NGO wouldn’t work here.”

He continued: “If the international NGO stole our people’s food, they will be called to book; we need to constitute a committee here to investigate the food distribution. This Legislature took time and effort, and public ridicule to pass the COVID-19 bill for relief of our people.”

The Bomi County lawmaker narrated how individuals without the fear of God, stole almost all of the food relief sent to that impoverished county.

“Pro Temp, we need to set up a committee to investigate the COVID-19 food distribution and if people have got to go to jail let them go to jail; no one will hide under the international NGO or international organizations to rig the Liberian people of their hard earned resources,” Snowe angrily said.

Senator Snowe was speaking recently in Senate plenary, when the head of the Steering Committee of the COVID-19 food relief program, Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh, appeared before the Senate for an update of the US$30 million food package.

Prof. Tarpeh, who now heads the Environmental Protection Agency, firstly recalled that the COVID-19 food program was supported by the Legislature in the amount of US$30 million, of which US$25 million came from taxes, with a US$5 million grant from the World Bank.

In order to ensure informed execution of the program, Mr. Tarpeh narrated that the government of Liberia contracted the World Food Program as the institution to operate and manage the program.

Apart from the World Food Program, he said, the government established the National Steering Committee which includes her international partners- the IMF, World Bank, USAID and a number of government institutions.

“When the program was triggered after the resolution from the Senate was received, we served as the guardian for the execution of the program, the full amount was transferred to the account of the WFP. Nobody, including government ministers and officials on that committee, has access to that fund, except the corporate entity of the World Food Program,” Tarpeh informed the Senate plenary.

He furthered that the procurement of the food, the distribution of the food and the storage- everything that has to do with that program is done by the WFP.

“What the Steering Committee does is provide strategic guidance and support to the World Food Program. Who distributes the food, hires the trucks, hires the consultants, hires the warehouses, all fall within the exclusive domain of the WFP,” he intimated.

With respect to the composition of the those handling the relief distribution, he told the Senate that the steering committee comprises both local and international partners, some of who he said are covered by diplomatic privileges.

“You do not expect us to call them (international partners) and they will come. When you attempt to do that, the perceptions in those quarters are not good; I therefore suggest that if they must come, please use the proper channel through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He emphasized that his term of reference is restricted to the food support program, “outside of that I don’t have the jurisdiction.”

The former Minister of Commerce informed the Senate that a total of 29,769 metric tons of food has been distributed to the beneficiaries, which represents 92 percent of the 32,365 metric tons planned to be distributed. In total as of April 28, 2021, he said distribution has reached 2.3 million vulnerable people, while five of the 15 counties have been successfully completed. Bomi, Rivercess, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru and River Gee are the counties completed, according to Prof. Tarpeh. Meanwhile, Professor Tarpeh, who is still under Senate oath, is expected to once more appear before the Senate on May 11, 2021 to present a full report on the relief program.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Hmm!!! Mr. Wilson Tarpeh, what’s the meaning of that?
    NGOs covered by diplomatic privileges?
    Really??? Hmmm!!

  2. “Diplomatic privileges?” Nonsense! First of all, donors channel resources through NGOs for lack of confidence in governments or local authorities who have demonstrated bad faith with those entrustments in the past. So no level of “diplomatic privilege” wool should shield any so-called NGO from accounting for a job entrusted to them.

    And this relief was in the midst of a national emergency! To avert a gathering food and health emergency that was engulfing Liberia at the time. By the grace of God, that impending danger was stave off somehow. And people had the audacity to personalize those resources? Heads ought to roll for such inhumanity of the officials involved. This means those who dared convert relief resources to personal use didn’t care whether Liberians survived or died from the impending crisis. How heartless could they be?

    But knowing the Liberia we know, all this public show of “vexation” is all about nothing. As we speak, the culprits have already started making their rounds under the cover of darkness with whatever the inducements to deflect any repercussion for their devilish acts. So this seeming public outcry is nothing but breeze. If you don’t believe it, I will suspend posting here for a minimum of one year, if this issue should ever come up again in the senate.

  3. [The Bomi County lawmaker narrated how individuals WITHOUT THE FEAR OF GOD, stole almost all of the food relief sent to that impoverished county.]

    Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    Let me do the James Davis’ laugh on Liberians who have the fear of God and castigating others who do not. Graciously, our GOD is a merciful and patient GOD, or else HE could have slapped some people for making some remarks!
    If the “don papay” had given them their cuts, no noise was going to come out here, now they want to blindfold us, as usual; wolves in sheep clothing!

    Liberia, an atypical country on planet earth where an individual will serve two different constituencies as a lawmaker. Maybe the next constituency to serve will be Grand Bassa County, the Rivercess, etc. until death do them part; what a country!
    The only country on planet that produces international diplomats, international mayor and lifetime-all-county lawmaker; on aura tout vu sur le tropique chez moi au Liberia!

    [“Pro Temp, we need to set up a committee to investigate the COVID-19 food distribution and if people have got to go to jail let them go to jail; no one will hide under the international NGO or international organizations to rig the Liberian people of their hard earned resources,” Snowe angrily said.]

    Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    Let me stop laughing like James Davis before my sidebone gets broken this morning my people!
    “Pot telling tikotey you balck, chey my people!”

  4. If rice, oil and beans can go missing, what about the $4billion that was printed last year, or the $48billion that has been approved to be printed?! It is good to get accountability for the stimulus package, but we also need accountability for the $4B.
    One senator suggested the idea of paying school fees to assist the parents, but it was rejected and here we are today.

  5. Nothing runs in Liberia without corruption. Every public program is an opportunity to steal and get rich quick. That’s the Liberian way or culture. No one ever goes to prison for stealing public funds so people have no fear of stealing. From the President on down, everyone steals.

  6. When Obsolete Ideas Meet The ‘Dead End.’

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I might be laughing at so-call oppositions. It is not in their interest for the Weah Administration to make any progress. Even if one is done, the reception from that block is as negative as anything. Whether to benefit the average Liberian or not, they are bend sowing seeds of discord. They laud Henry Costa (Baccus Matthew on steroids), for spewing lies and and causing chaos which has all ingredients of scarring investors away. Yet, they called for calm and accused government of scarring away investors, Hypocrisy).

    When Matthew accused Richard Tolbert of increasing rice price, and put people out on April 14, 1979 to demonstrate; his ass was serving in a PRC Junta 12 months later that was selling rice at a higher price than Tolbert. That’s’ the kind of policy our so-oppositions have gotten use to. Often time you see them go to America, come back with nothing but divisive rhetoric that is gear toward turning the people against a sitting regime.
    They use America as a refueling station for subversive activities against the masses. They feed on the illiteracy rate of the people, knowing that there is no consequence afterward.

    What can we show to younger African nations like South Sudan, Angola, Mozambique, Rwanda, etc., if they are more develop and advance than old and underdeveloped Liberia. I’m no friend or acquaintance with Mr. Weah and his CDC administration. But what he is doing now, if it has happened some 25 years ago, young people wouldn’t be dropping out of schools.

    No administration has ever embarked on educating Liberians through free public institutions, building roads, and improving the lives of the Liberian people in history than the Weah administration. The last time Liberia ever had such taste was during William Richard Tolbert. But guess what, he became more hated, and was murdered based on rhetoric from the same so-called oppositions. Even the just ended administration, received 16 billion united stated dollars of donors’ money over 12 years, but could do nothing.

    So, fellow Liberians, look no further to any of those talk for nothing so-called ‘book people’ who has one Liberian passport and one U S passport. They descend on you and cause chaos. When things are uncertain, they are on the first flight out of the country. You see what Costa does, likewise the late Baccuse Matthew and their followers. They are always in and out of Liberia until their aim is accomplished (state power).

    They have run out of ideas, so, they feed on the divisions amongst you.
    Be careful.
    CONCERN NIMBIAM, is a freelance Liberian Vlogger living in Gompa City, Nimba, Northern Liberia.

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