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EPS, MOS Audit Begins… As Several Names Risk Removal From State Payroll

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MONROVIA: The much-awaited audit of personnel of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), and the Ministry of State (MOS), as authorized by President Joseph Nyuma Boakai was scheduled to begin yesterday, Monday, February 19, 2024, on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, according to Presidential Press Secretary Kula Fofana.

Ms Fofana told executive mansion correspondents at a news conference on Friday, February 16, 2024, that the audit would be jointly conducted by the state-owned General Auditing Commission (GAC), and the Civil Servants Agency (CSA).

The presidential press secretary disclosed that one of the issues for the audit is over crowdedness of the Ministry of State (MOS) and the Executive Protection Service (EPS).

She also disclosed that several individuals believed to be personnel of the EPS lack the necessary professional training and experience to effectively serve in such capacity.

“So, the purpose is, we are going to do an assessment of the entire EPS force. You know the EPS is the executive service and one should be trained to the standard to be able to hold that role so, yes, the EPS is also reviewing their personal portfolio and they will be updating us and the President on the next course of action”, she added.

“The personnel audit requires them to provide information of the work they are doing including employment information. This will help us to put the system in place,” she added.

The press secretary mentioned that EPS personnel will also benefit from training of various kinds aimed at enhancing professionalism in the presidential elite force.

Commenting on reports that over 700 names were discovered on the payroll of the Ministry of State, she clarified that such people were not officially employed with the government.

However, she disclosed that those concerned were being paid from the supplementary budget managed by some individuals, not named, from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Ministry of State (MOS).

“These are actual people who are within the system of the MOS,” she emphasized.

According to the presidential press secretary, the problems with the MOS and EPS also affect other line ministries and agencies of the government and that efforts are being made to appropriately address the situation. Contributor: Linda Gbarti

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