The Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC’s) first graduating class was saddened by the absence of President George Manneh Weah who was due to deliver a keynote address at the event on Monday, 26 November.
President Weah’s absence at the ceremony which was held at the Monrovia City Hall, just steps away from his temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, drew the attention of local and international guests.
It is not clear why the president did not attend, but the PPCC is one of the two integrity institutions whose tenures status are being reviewed by lawmakers following President Weah’s submission of a bill to remove tenures from institutions within the executive.
Based on the president’s request, the House of Representatives recently removed all tenures from multiple institutions, except the General Auditing Commission (GAC), the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).
The House subjected the PPCC and Liberia Anti – Corruption Commission (LACC) to further review to decide whether or not their tenures should be removed.In his remarks, UNDP Country Director Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai expressed his organization’s preparedness to continue to partner with the Government of Liberia in ensuring that the human resource capacity of professional institutions is built.
He discloses that the training program provided the graduates the opportunity to acquire additional skills and knowledge in the field of accounting.He thanked various institutions for encouraging their financial personnel to participate in the training program which is intended to assist them execute their functions in a professional and organized manner.
For his part, PPCC Executive Director Mr. James Dorbor Jallah challenged the graduates to utilize every basic skills and knowledge acquired for the betterment of the growth and development of the country.Director Jallah presented Diplomas to the graduates.
The training, sponsored by the UNDP and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) based in the United Kingdom (UK) facilitated the process that led to the graduation of the financial personnel.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley