CT.Com and CEO Christopher Onanuga, organizer of the 2012 Miss Liberia Beauty Pageant has been slammed with a five-year ban and ordered investigated for his dismal performance.
A committee set up by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to probe the controversial 2012 Miss Liberia contest has found Onanuga and his company guilty of tempering with results of the pageant, which ended with judges opposing the contestant announced by CT.Com as winner.
The committee in its finding released here Tuesday, September 24, recommended that the Ministry of Gender should participate in the selection process of future organizers of Miss Liberia Pageant.
It also recommended that the General Auditing Commission should reflect in its audits, money received from the Government of Liberia for the pageant, including sponsorship fees from various entities, and gate intakes.
The committee has further recommended that CT.Com should offer public apology to the government, contestants and people of Liberia for its poor handling of the 2012 Miss Liberia Beauty Pageant, which exposed Liberia to local and international disrepute, leaving the country with no alternative, but to withdraw from the prestigious Miss World Beauty Pageant.
The committee also said the vehicle put forward for the winner of the Miss Liberia Beauty Pageant should be sold and proceeds distributed evenly among all eleven contestants, including the Ministry of Information, which provided scholarships for the contestants to attend any institution of their choice within Liberia.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Gender has lifted the ban imposed on the Miss Liberia Pageant and constituted a new committee to supervise future pageants.
Speaking at the Gender Ministry, Deputy Director for Communications, Smith Toby, told a press conference that the committee has reached a conclusion that there will be no Miss Liberia pageant for 2013, and that the country will not take part in the Miss World Pageant this year to allow ample time to organize the event for 2014.
Toby pointed that the Gender Ministry and the committee will do everything possible to avoid past mistakes, disclosing that future pageants will now be held in second week of July each year.