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Thursday, February 29, 2024

FORMER LISGIS OFFICIAL ACCUSES FINANCE MINISTER SAMUEL TWEAH OF ALLEGED FRAUDULENT BEHAVIOUR AT LISGIS

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LIBERIA – The former Deputy Director General for Statistics and Data Processing at the Liberia Institute of Statistics and  Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), Alex M. Williams has branded the chairman of the board of directors of the entity as a “Fraudster and liar.”

Mr. Williams, like youth activist Martin Kollie, accused Liberia’s  Finance Minister Samuel Tweah who is the chair of the board of LISGIS, of allegedly committing fraud at the Census house and lying about what’s obtaining at the entity.

According to the former official of LISGIS, the finance minister misled President Weah to declare a census holiday last Friday, when he knew very well, all the processes were not in place to do a comprehensive census in the country.

Alex M. Williams resigned on November 12 but was still dismissed by President George Weah on the 14th of November.

Alex M. Williams, Former Deputy Director General for Statistics and Data Processing at the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS)

Alex Williams disclosed that he cried out loud for several years for corruption and usurpations of his functions and other ills at the LISGIS; but that there were no concrete steps taken to nip the situation.

He disclosed that he had issued technical notes to the board since August about why the census would not be feasible for October and November this year, but was ignored, adding that what has befallen the nation is not just embarrassing, but disastrous for the forward march of development and democracy.

He continued: “Samuel Tweah is a pathological liar. He and Wilmot Smith criminally altered the census document.

“I am leaving LISGIS in chaos and disaster. it is pitiful for Liberia if the census is conducted in this situation. The data will be a complete mess.”

Documents seen by Smart News revealed Alex Williams resigned before he was sacked by President Weah.

Additionally, Alex sees his dismissal by the President as a double standard. He indicated that he was not appointed by the President and therefore does not see how the Liberian leader would sack him.

He proved his argument by publishing a letter signed by the director general of LISGIS, Francis Wreh, appointing him in 2018 as Deputy Director General for Data Processing and Statistics.

Alex Williams also accused Samuel Tweah of lying that he transferred US$2,000,000 and LD$97,000,000 to LISGIS’ census account at ECO BANK in Liberia. He revealed that this account is exclusively managed by LISGIS.

In a separate interview on Spoon FM, Williams called on Samuel Tweah to tell Liberians who owns the account in the Ivory Coast in which census monies have been deposited. He threatened to expose all alleged fraudulent activities of the Liberian finance minister at a later date.

When the public Relations Director at the Ministry of Finance, Patience Senkpeni Kumeh was contacted to speak on the Aloysious How’s issue and the situation with the Finance Minister at LISGIS, she promised to call back but did not.

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