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Liberian Government to Begin Audit of Social Development Fund

Namati partner, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), recently released a report claiming that over US$300,000 had been mismanaged by officials.  Read below for the official response from the Liberian Government.

March 9, 2012

The Government of Liberia will soon begin an audit of the Social Development Fund for counties. A civil society organization, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) recently released a report, claiming that over US$300,000.00 had been mismanaged by officials.

Addressing a regular press briefing Thursday March 8, 2012, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lewis Brown said the Government of Liberia was “gravely concerned” about the matter and an immediate redress was needed.

Minister Brown said the independent and comprehensive audit will take 12 weeks thereafter; there will be a change of system and processes of the conduct of the Fund. A post-audit conduct mechanism of the Fund, he said, will be designed to curb future recurrence.

He said Government welcomes the report by SDI but it will conduct its own investigation concerning the matter.  Meanwhile, Minister Brown has disclosed that all transactions over the Fund will be suspended and there will be crosschecks on all payments relating to projects of the Fund.

This press release originally appeared on the website of the Liberian Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism.

March 17, 2012 | Namati