The Plenary of the Liberian Senate has agreed to mandate the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to carry out a comprehensive audit of all components of the US$ 25M COVID-19 stimulus package.
The action by the Senate comes as a result of the refusal by the head of the management team, Professor Wilson Tarpeh, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning along with the implementing partner, World Food Programme( WFP) to appear before the Plenary of the Liberian Senate on Thursday, May 20, 2021.
It can be recalled the Government of Liberia and partners launched a US$ 25M COVID-19 Household Food Distribution Stimulus Package for Vulnerable households in Liberia during the heat of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Chair of the Stimulus Package WilsonTarpeh, months ago informed the Senate that over 2.3 million people have already benefited from the distribution exercise.
The figure was vehemently rejected by many of the Senators on grounds that the report was “unrealistic” Our reporteris said.
The refusal of the team from the World Food Programme to appear before the Senate resulted to the decision during a brief debate on Thursday, May 20, 2021, to mandate the GAC to conduct a comprehensive audit for onward submission to the Liberian Senate.
Earlier, Senate Secretary Nanborlar F. Singbeh read an email communication from WFP indicating that partners are still working on reports to be submitted.
WFP further stated in the email that the report will be submitted by June 30, 2021 and that the final report on the implementation of the stimulus package will be finalized by March 2022.