Chairman on the House Committee on Contracts, Procurement and Concession, Representative Clarence Massaquoi
Lawmaker Says Legislature To Penalize Violators Of PPCC Law
By Calvin Brooks, LINA
MONROVIA, May 28(LINA) -The Chairman on the House Committee on Contracts, Procurement and Concession has warned that the Legislature will penalize government ministries and agencies that violate the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) Law.
Representative Clarence Massaquoi stated that the government‘s reform program is intended to prevent corruption, noting that the PPCC was established for the procurement of government contracts, goods and services through a comparative bidding process.
Representative Massaquoi made the disclosure Wednesday at the launch of the PPCC Vendors Register held at the Monrovia City Hall.
He noted that the PPCC annual report for fiscal year 2014/2015 records that nearly 70% of spending ministries and agencies have violated the PPCC law by not following the regulations and procedures governing the procurement process.
According to Massaquoi, the Legislature is working hard to respond to the PPCC annual report, noting that all those involved will be penalized, especially as the fiscal budget year hearing is approaching for 2015/2016.
Representative Massaquoi emphasized that corruption has been in existence in Liberian governments over the years, but it is the Unity Party-led Government that has set up institutions such as the PPCC, Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), General Auditing Commission (GAC) and Interior Auditing Agency to prevent and fight corruption in Liberia.