Mr. Paygar S. Williams, who said he was suspended by the administration of GBCC for raising red flag about “corruption” at the GBCC, warned that the alleged unprincipled acts supposedly being carried out by the administration of the institute have the propensity to undermine the Government of Liberia(GoL) much publicized fight against corruption.
In an interview with the Heritage on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Monrovia, Paygar, an instructor of Electrical Technology and Electrical Engineering in the Department of Technical, Vocation Education and Training (TVET), claimed that the school’s administration has crafted different payroll from the original one prepared by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to pay employees.
According to him, employees are being paid far below the normal salary stipulated on the original payroll prepared by the MFDP, describing the “scheme” as a complete corruption.
“We are experiencing a very terrible situation at the Grand Bassa Community College. We are experiencing dual payrolls with the LBDI different from the one created by the Ministry of Finance. The College has created a new payroll to cut our salaries, which have already been affected by the harmonization,” he accentuated.
“Total fraud is taking place in broad day light at the GBCC under the leadership of Dr. Samuel Monwell. We are more than 70 employees who are being affected by this,” asserted Paygar, who is also Chairman of the Concerned Faculty and Staff Association at GBCC.
In addition to that, he also alleged that the administration of the College is cutting the salaries of employees without remitting same to social security.
“We have not received our social security benefits for many months,” he lamented.
Despite receiving a second suspension, the suspended GBCC instructor vowed to go all out in fighting his case, insisting that the right things must be done at GBCC and that people must also get the benefits for the work they do.
“We are not just going to stop here. We will go as far as the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission(LACC), General Auditing Commission(GAC) and the Internal Audit Agency(IAA) to make our case. They are undermining President George MannwhWeah’s fight against corruption and I feel this must stop. For LBDI, we are going to file a lawsuit for those who aiding and abating such criminal act. We have already informed our lawyer. And when this is done, the name of the actual person who is responsible for this in the bank will come out,” he added.
Meanwhile, up to press time, the administration of the GBCC headed by Dr. Samuel Monwell could not be reached for comment regarding the allegations of corruption at the GBCC.
However, Mr. Del Francis Wreh, Executive Director of the Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysts Center(LIMPAC)at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning(MFDP), when contacted about the matter, acknowledged receipt of a formal complaint from the Concerned Faculty and Staff Association at GBCC as it relates to the “Dual Payrolls” and claim that they have not received their social security benefits for couple of months.
Wreh, who spoke to this paper briefly, added that the complaint by the aggrieved Faculty and Staff of the GBCC are benign investigated.