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Thursday, May 23, 2024

LIBERIA’S TRANSPARENCY CRISIS: ONLY 15% OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DECLARE ASSETS

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The recent revelation by Cllr. Alexandra Kromah-Zoe, Chairperson of Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) regarding the asset declarations of government officials in Liberia is not just disappointing but deeply concerning. Out of the 500 appointments made by President Joseph N. Boakai, only 75 government officials have declared their assets. This dismal rate of compliance, at just 15%, is a glaring indication of a transparency crisis within the Liberian government.

Asset declaration is a fundamental tool in ensuring transparency and combating corruption. It allows for the monitoring of public officials’ wealth and helps in detecting illicit enrichment or conflicts of interest. In failing to declare their assets, government officials not only violate the law but also betray the trust of the Liberian people.

The lack of accountability in asset declaration undermines the credibility of the government and erodes public trust. It sends a message that some officials believe they are above the law and can act with impunity. This is unacceptable in a country striving for good governance and development.

President Boakai must take immediate action to address this issue. He should prioritize the enforcement of asset declaration laws and ensure that all government officials comply. This includes imposing sanctions on those who fail to declare their assets and setting a clear example that transparency is non-negotiable.

Additionally, there is a need for greater public awareness and education on the importance of asset declaration. Citizens must understand their rights to demand accountability from their leaders and hold them to the highest standards of integrity.

In conclusion, the low rate of asset declaration among government officials in Liberia is a serious issue that must be urgently addressed. It is a matter of national importance that goes to the heart of good governance and the fight against corruption. The Liberian people deserve better, and it is time for their leaders to step up and demonstrate their commitment to transparency and accountability.

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