Public Works Minister, Deputy to Appear Before Senate Today For Questioning

CAPITOL HILL, MONROVIA – The Liberian Senate, following the resumption of its special session, has summoned the Minister of Public Works, Ruth Coker Collins, and her Deputies, Joseph Todd, Deputy for Administration, Amos Barclay, Deputy for Technical Service, and Kaustella Sarsia, Assistant Minister for Operations, to appear before the full Senate plenary today.

The focus of this appearance is to provide an in-depth account of the progress achieved in the critical rehabilitation of primary road corridors to the Southeastern counties.
Our legislative correspondent reports that the decision to summon these officials emerged in response to the Senate Public Account Committee’s recent report, chaired by Margibi County Senator James Emmanuel Nuquay. The committee accused the Minister of refusing to appear before it on August 14, 2023. The summons aimed to extract a detailed update on road rehabilitation—a responsibility assigned by the Liberian Senate before its July 28, 2023 adjournment.

It can be recalled that the Liberian Senate had earlier placed the Ministers under a thirty-day oath to present a progress report on the road corridor rehabilitation. This report was expected to be directed to a Joint Committee comprising the Committee on Public Works and Rural Development, in addition to Public Accounts and Audit.
The unfolding events have cast a spotlight on the crucial intersection of government accountability and infrastructural development.

By: Emmanuel Toe

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