Officials of the Association of Persons Living With Disabilities in Bong County have expressed frustration over the manner in which the renovation of their office was done by the Project Management Committee (PMC) of Bong County, alleging corruption as the focus of their disenchantment.
The Project Management Committee of Bong County on Tuesday, 19 January turned over a US$10,000 renovated disabled office to officials of the disabled community in Gbarnga.
The PMC took the project from roof level to its current “completed” status which contains no floor tile and furniture.
Delegates at the 12 November 2018 County Council Sitting in Bong County allotted US$10,000 to the disable community in the County, a money that was purportedly used for the renovation works.
Following the turnover ceremony on Tuesday, two officials of the association, Arthur Bondo and Moses Tokpah term as unrealistic, the cost attached to the project by the PMC Chair Mr. Stephen JorquellehMulbah.
Bondo and Tokpah assert that the disable community was ignored and totally left out of the entire renovation process and was single – handedly carried on by the PMC.
However, the NewDawn newspaper’s Bong County correspondent has gathered that there is absolutely no open competitive bidding process for the project, but the PMC handpicked Wayben Enterprise Incorporation, a construction company from Montserrado County to do the job.
According to the two officials, the cost of the project is high for the level of work done on their office.
“We build this place through our contribution and support from others, we only needed something to complete but out of surprise, the PMC is telling us that they used $10,000 USD which is far from the reality,” Moses Tokpah alleges.
“People who are in leadership should stop corrupting the minds of the citizens. How can the PMC Chair lie in such a manner that the entire $10,000 USD [was used] on the building?” Tokpah ponders.
He calls on the PMC to be factual, saying it needs to tell them the truth instead of allegedly corrupting their minds every time they are asked to do a piece of job.
Meanwhile, the Project Management Committee Chair Stephen J. Mulbah has promised to shortly respond and to also release receipts of materials bought for the project.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong County–Edited by Winston W. Parley