The Minister of Youth and Sports D. Zeogar Wilson has reacted sharply to Montserrado County District #2 Rep. Jimmy Smith’s introduction of a bill to the House of Representatives calling for an “Act to Detach the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Minister Wilson terms the plans to make MVTC an autonomous institute as “appalling, contrary to good governance, and a recipe to dismantle government ministries and agencies.”
Rep. Smith recently accused the Ministry of operating a “bureaucratic bottleneck system which, according to him serves as an impediment to the smooth running of the school, among other things.
In a communication to House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, dated 9 July, Minister Wilson outrightly rejected the lawmaker’s allegation.Minister Wilson writes that like any other government entity including the Legislature, the Ministry only follows the Public Financial Management (PFM) and Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) laws of the Republic of Liberia in the discharge of its duties.
He says Rep. Smith’s claims of bureaucratic bottleneck at the Ministry is rather unfortunate that a lawmaker will refer to the law of the land as such and seeks to make an organ of government-run institution autonomous simply because the ministry follows the law.
According to the communication to Speaker Chambers, Minister Wilson says since he took over as Minister of Youth and Sports, Rep. Smith has not brought to his attention concerns he has had in the past that were not addressed.
He adds that Rep. Smith has not also informed him of any concerns he has with his administration, noting that the lawmaker’s action is so surprising to the ministry.
“Therefore the Act introduced by Representative Smith is contrary to good governance. It is a recipe for dismantling of government ministries and agencies and sends a message that following the law is a crime, if allowed to survive,” he says.
Concluding, Min. Wilson calls on the House of Representatives and all sub-committees of the Legislature to reject the proposed bill by Rep. Smith.
By Sally Gaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley