Assets Declaration Hunts Officials
Over 150 days in her second term, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reiterated instruction for all appointed officials to declare their assets immediately.
But Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmick M. Piah failed to state how the immediacy attached to the assets declaration orders will be executed, as he has already begun to argue that the procedures involved in assets declaration are enormous.
Prior to appointing officials in her new administration five months back, President Sirleaf strongly insisted that all appointed officials, who will serve in the new administration, must declare their assets and ensure that they comply fully with provisions a Code of Conduct signed January 6, 2012.
Although the Presidential Press Secretary did not know how many officials have complied or how many have defaulted, the President seems to be very rigid on the process.
Piah told reporters Wednesday at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia that in line with the Executive Code of Conduct, President Sirleaf has urged all of her appointed officials to declare their assets for transparency, saying it will not be compromised.
At the same time, he disclosed that to help resolve whatever the problem may be between the Liberian Senate and Acting Monrovia City Mayor Mary T. Broh, the Liberian leader chose to show leadership by finding amicable solution through consultation with the Senate.
Piah said President Sirleaf’s visit at the Capitol Building Tuesday was purposely intended to brief the Senators on the prevailing situation with the Liberian–Ivorian border, to engage the Senate on the proposed National Budget currently before that body as well as to provide detail on her recent visit to the United States.
The Presidential Press Secretary told reporters the President’s meeting with the Senators made her an hour late to meet her next schedule therefore, she was not in a position to speak to the press, contrary to public thinking that she shunned the media.