By Eric Gerlay (Intern)
The Joint Senate Committee on Autonomous Commissions and Agencies, and Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries has invited Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) the Management Team and the Chair of the Board of Directors to authenticate the “truthfulness” of leaked audio and other news emanating from the Institution.
CARI’s Officer-in-Charge Paulette Findley and her team of officials are to appear before the plenary on July 22, 2020, at 11:00 AM.
The committee’s Chairman, Senator Henrique F. Tokpa, in a communication sent to Madam Findely, said: “We also gathered information about the disappearance of a 50 KVA generator two months ago which promoted an investigation by the Bong County Detachment if the Liberia National Police (LNP). We see CARI as an entity of state interest that needs proper administrative management. With these circulating in the public sphere, the joint committee finds it feasible to meet the entire Management Team and the Chair of the Board of Directors of the institution to authenticate the truthfulness of the leaked audio.”
Madam Findely in a recent interview with journalists in Bong County termed the leaked audio as nonsensical and denied allegations of corruption at the institution.
She told 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 and are all available and not a single one is missing.
“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.”