MONROVIA: The Ministry Finance and Development Planning has clarified that the recent fire outbreak at its ‘Project Financial Management Unit (PFMU), did not damage any major government document, as it is being speculated.
In a special statement released Wednesday, October 25, 2023, through its Communication Department, the Ministry confirmed that there was an outbreak of fire at the Ministry`s third floor office, but noted, that with the support of the Liberia National Fire Service and workers of the Ministry of Finance, the fire was successfully extinguished, with no loss of lives or injures.
The released informed that with the prompt intervention of the fire workers, and other staffs of the Ministry, no central government financial records were affected by the fire outbreak.
According to the Ministry`s statement, the Liberia National Fire Service has collected relevant information and is investigating the cause of the fire.
The Ministry promised that the outcome of the fire service investigation and report will be made public, including the extent of the damages to the section of the third floor.
The Ministry, in the release noted that while such investigation is ongoing, the operations of its staffs, business community, taxpayers and the general public have been resumed.
The Ministry also thanked the National Fire Service and its staff for their gallantry in extinguishing the fire and saving critical assets.
On October 25, 2023, at 6am, the ‘Project Financial Management Unit (PFMU),’ on the third floor of the Ministry of Finance was gutted by fire.
The PFMU is an essential segment of the Ministry of Finance which is responsible for the country’s financial reliability.
The fire outbreak comes just few days as the Country get set to observe a run-off election slated for November 14, 2023, between incumbent President George Manneh Weah, of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), and former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the opposition Unity Party.