Bong County Inspector William Kollie has denied reports from the county Project Management Committee that the county spent US$51,000.00 on his medical leave to South Africa last year.
The Project Management Committee during the just ended County Development Sitting informed delegates that it had spent US$51,000.00for the medication of the County Inspector.
But William Kollie, phoning in on one of the Community radio stations in the county (Super Bongese Radio), termed the financial cost attached to his treatment in South Africa as false and very far from reality. Inspector Kollie said at no time did authorities of the county use the money as he was only aware of US$26,000.0.
Though he continues to give commendation to the county authorities for the opportunity to travel to South Africa, but maintained that the amount used for his treatment has been overstated.
The clarification by the County Inspector puts the credibility of Bong County local leaders under serious scrutiny. Most residents continue to question costs attached to projects that are ongoing and those completed in the county.
Recently, authorities came under serious criticism from citizens of the county for what they termed as financial irregularities in the implementation of projects, adding that it was seriously affecting the growth and development of the county. The citizens are also questioning the construction the Bong county Technical College that has come to standstill for more than two years.
The construction was headed by Representative George Mulbah, who has been accused of taking materials to construct his new residence on the Ganta High Way in Gbarnga, as well as taking kickbacks from the Chinese doing the project.
Even though the lawmaker has stated that it was not his doing, citizens have asked him for a comprehensive report on money expended in the project. Representative Mulbah is yet to make such report available. County authorities are reported to have suggested that they expended about US$3, 000,000.00 on the project.
Bong’s PMC clarifies
The Chairman of the Bong County Project Management Committee has clarified that the money pronounced as assistance to individuals was not only for County Inspector William Kollie. During the County Development Sitting, the PMC reported that US$51, 000.00 was used as assistance to individuals. The report by the PMC prompted huge public speculations that all of the money was spent on the county Inspector’s health trip to South Africa.
But PMC Chairman Lawrence Plator told our Bong County correspondent that US$26, 000.00 was spent on the County Inspector’s health trip to South Africa, adding that the balance was given to other individuals to seek medication and bereavement.
According to him, the PMC usually makes financial reports in bulk, instead of partial reports. The Bong County Project Management Committee Chairman said bereaved citizens in the county were assisted.
Mr. Plator’s Clarification come after County Inspector William Kollie insisted that such money was not used on his medical trip to South Africa, further noting that he was only aware of the US$26,000.00 used for his medical trip.