James Dorbor Jallah’s multiple academic credentials in pure science may render him ineligible for the office of Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority. President Joseph Boakai on Jan. 26 appointed Jallah to head the revenue agency but his filed of studies does not match the legislated job qualifications.
While his mathematics skills may be enticing, the law creating the LRA requires a tax service professional with advanced education in finance and field relating to tax administration.
Jallah served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) during the Weah administration before joining The Carter Center as its Country Representative.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and Physics from the University of Liberia, The nominee studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a SPURS Certificate in Technology and Management and a Master of Engineering, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management.
He appears not to have the qualification for the job, notwithstanding.
The 2013 Act creating the Liberia Revenue Authority stipulates nominees shall be persons with advance professional degrees in finance, accounting, economics, public policy, administration, taxation, law or other discipline related to tax administration.