The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), The Executive Director of CENTAL, Anderson D. Miamen has called on President Joseph Boakai to publish his recently declared asset to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission for sake of transparency and setting the pace for officials of government to follow suit.
He also encouraged the Liberian Chief Executive to go a step further by publishing the assets he had declared.
“While the law falls short of requiring publication of the declaration, the president would be taking a critical step towards public accountability by publishing his declaration. Secrecy in assets declaration to the LACC serves no useful public purpose as the public is unable to participate in the asset verification process,” Mr. Miamen noted.
He stressed that the decision on the part of President Boakai to declare his assets and the numerous anti-corruption public pronouncements made so far, since his ascendancy to the Liberia presidency are steps in the right direction to promote transparency and accountability across government.
On Thursday, February 8, 2024, the Liberian leader declared his assets in keeping with the National Code of Conduct of 2014, which mandates all public officials to declare their assets upon taking office.
Meanwhile, CENTAL boss welcomed President Boakai’s recent mandate given to the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to conduct a comprehensive audit of three key government institutions, including the Central Bank of Liberia, the National Security Agency, and the Executive Protection Service.
“We are hopeful that the audit of these institutions will be the beginning of more to come. We want to see audits done more holistically, including all institutions entrusted with public funding, and the reports and recommendations timely and fully implemented”, the statement said.
CENTAL in a press release over the weekend said the move by the Liberian leader is a positive action geared towards promoting accountability in national government.