By Joseph Titus Yekeryan (Correspondent)
The Officer in Charge of the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) Madam Paulette Findely has refuted allegations about corruption and nepotism at the institution.
Recently, Arthur Wennah, a suspended staff of CARI called on the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) to launch an investigation at the institution on grounds that Madam Finedly has allegedly been engaged with financial improprieties and the sale of the institution’s equipment.
Contrary to Mr. Wenneh’s claims, Madam Findely has clarified that at no time she has been involved will illegal act at the Institute.
“This is a completely illogical statement because now at CARI from the angle of the government, there is no money in the institution’s account so how can someone say that we have mismanaged money? The government is not giving us a cent now and all the little supports we have, we are always constrained to beg donors,” she said.
According to Madam Findey, it is frustrating for people to spread falsehood against her that corruption has rocked the institution under her administration, adding that the institute is only surviving on donors’ found and not by the government.
She told a team of journalists that she has never taken any material from the institute, stating that one million worth of materials were left at the institution during the departure of UN peacekeepers.
According to Madam Findely, materials that she met at the institution when she took over in July of 2019 are all available and not a single one is missing.
She told journalists that those materials cost about a million United States Dollars.
“What we did as an institution was to write the General Services Agency (GSA) to tell them that we want to sell the materials and support CARI so we are still awaiting the respond of the GSA and if it is possible, we will be doing what is right to improve the research institute,” she said.
Responding to the issue of nepotism, Madam Finedly said she has no relative at the institute, adding that those at the institution are qualified for the job.
Our Bong County correspondent who toured the facility said there are types of equipment including 250, 100, 50, and 25 KVA generators among others in the compound of CARI.