Several local authorities in Nimba County have allegedly abandoned their respective offices and gone in search of greener pastures.
During a recent visit by this paper to several government offices in Sanniquellie City, the provincial capital, local government employees lament that their bosses have been out of offices for the past three months without processing their monthly salary.
Some of the employees, who did not want to be identified, explained that due to the absence of their bosses, their salaries have not been forthcoming.
According to them, County Superintendent Door Cooper along with his County Inspector and Fiscal Affairs Superintendent, have abandoned their respective offices since October 4, 2018.
Recently, Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf , while attending a week-long Carter Center-sponsored workshop in the county, expressed disappointment over the attitude of local authorities abandoning offices to seek contracts from non-governmental organizations [NGOs].
Minister Sirleaf notes that in most of his visits to the counties, he has observed local authorities are conspicuously absent from their official places of work.He then cautioned them to inform the Ministry before leaving their places of assignment.
But despite the warning, Nimba County Superintendent Dorr Cooper, County Inspector Reginald Mehn, and Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs, Saye E.L. Musa, have not been seen in office in Sanniquellie.
When contacted, both Superintendent Dorr Cooper and County Inspector Reginald Mehn said they were out of the county and Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs Saye E.L. Musa confirmed their absence.Saye however said the Ministry of Internal Affairs was aware of the absence of his bosses.
By Thomas Domah /Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne