The Director General of the General Service Agency or GSA Madam Mary Broh was at her best on Thursday when she disciplined several police officers denying them access to donated vehicles till they show their drivers licenses.
The police officers had gone to the GSA compound to take delivery of 16 Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps donated to them by the Government and people of Japan through the UNDP, but none of the officers had driver’s license.
But the tough GSA Director was up front with the officers informing them that she could not allowed unlicensed officers to take delivery of the jeeps.
Madam Broh who later escorted the vehicles at the police headquarters where the official turning over ceremony was held, confirmed that she did indeed refused to hand over the vehicles to the first batch of officers because they did not have drivers’ licenses.
“Here are the cars, I refused to give the vehicles to officers you sent because all of them don’t have driver’s license.” Broh said as she handed over the vehicles. “And how can you the Police be on the street all day trying to enforce the law that all drivers that moving vehicles on the streets should have a license then you want me give government property to unlicensed Police officers?” Broh queried and said “please directors don’t give the vehicles to officers that don’t have driver’s license.”
Broh granting interviews to journalist after she turned over the cars continued her condemnation of the police this time describing an ongoing pavement project being undertaken by the police as fake and very poor in standard.
The donated vehicles are to be distributed between the police and the Bureau of Immigration, two security entities pivotal to the taking over of security from UNMIL here. The vehicles are to be used for border patrols. Turning over the vehicles UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen extended thanks and appreciation to the government and people of Japan for the vehicles and also appreciated the effort of the Liberia National Police for their great job done during the deadly Ebola crises here.
Receiving the keys to the vehicles, Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Shannoh thanked the government of Japan and UNDP for their tireless efforts toward the development and sustainability of the country. Minister Shannoh also said that the friendship between the two countries have come a long way, adding that the friendship dates as far back to the late seventies when the government of Japan constructed the Japanese clinic at the JFK compound.
Cllr. Shannoh further assured the government of Japan and UNDP that the vehicles will be used for the intended purpose. He said mechanisms are being put in place to ensure that government vehicles are not abuse.
By Ben P. Wesee-Edited by Othello B. Garblah