Despite being President George M. Weah’s constitutional right to fire any appointed individual in the Executive Branch who serves at his will and pleasure without being questioned; it is equally so expedient as a tenet of good governance and in keeping with the rule of law and due process for any dismissal bordered on criminality upon being released be turned over to the Justice Ministry for thorough investigation for the commission of such alleged crime.
Why the President is not being questioned the least for dismissing a presidential appointee, however, this dismissed individual, in person of the Executive Director of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mr. Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr., for fraud must face the due process wherein the facts of the alleged crime can be established and full penalty implemented instead of going scout free thereby setting a grim precedence of encouraging the culture of impunity.
Dismissed Blama explained that he challenged the government to prosecute him with evidence if he has done anything wrong, as many skeptics and political analysts remained hooked to their high degree of reservation about the alleged fraud accompanying the dismissal, he (Blama) views his dismissal noted that “I think it is just personal vendetta.
According to a document the National Adaptation Plans project kicked off on 12 March in Monrovia and benefits from US$2.3 million in financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This two-year project will help Liberia accelerate its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) by investing in climate-sensitive sectors, like agriculture and fisheries.
Blama noted that while Liberia has a low-carbon footprint, the impact and effects of climate change may have severe consequences across multiple sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, forests, energy production related to the availability of water resources, coastal degradation and health.
He said around 70 percent of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods, and improved plans for climate change will support Liberia in mainstreaming and accelerating policy support to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for Climate Action, No Hunger and No Poverty.
The dismissed EPA boss on fraud also pointed out that Liberia’s 350 miles of coastline is highly exposed to erosion from sea-level rise, changes in the frequency and intensity of storms, increases in precipitation, and warmer ocean temperatures.
Speaking to a local daily Blama explains that “on April 4 they signed and sent me the scanned copy, I was in the hospital there was no way I could brief anybody about it. I came from the hospital, I made several attempts, I sent McGill texts that we’ve got these things going on and I need to bring you up to speed on it, nobody gave me audience,” he said.
He said on the Sunday following his reinstatement, he visited the Min. McGill at his home and briefed him on the agreement. According to him, Min. McGill read through the agreement and understood that the Liberian government was never committed in any way in the agreement.
“I said by December, this thing should reach maturity when it reaches maturity, there will be a transitory account set up at the Ministry of Finance so that this money can be transferred to the government and the government will decide what kind of environmental-related project we’ll implement,” he further explained.
He stated that the US$29 million endorsement he did for the defense project for New Kru Town was never signed by the Minister of Justice nor the Minister of Finance, noting that such is the case with environmental platforms.
Meanwhile, Mr. Blama who was recently reinstated by the President was dismissed on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, for acts of fraud.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Mr. Blama on March 7, 2020, unilaterally signed a US$20 million contract without the signatures of the Ministers of Justice and Finance contrary to the law and established governmental principles and procedures.
“Investigation conducted by the Ministry of Justice established that Mr. Blama did not adhere to legal requirements, standards procedures regarding the selling of the Government of Liberia assets,” the release said.
Meanwhile, President Weah has warned he will not entertain any unscrupulous behavior of any government officials. The President reiterated his zero-tolerance stance against corruption.
Mr. Randall M. Dobayou, Deputy Executive Director of EPA will act as head of the entity pending the appointment of an Executive Director.
Meanwhile, investigation into the alleged fraud acts continues.
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