Tuesday, March 21

Jangjangbureh Area Council fails to present payment vouchers

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The council appeared for the second time before the Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) of the National Assembly.

Alagie Manneh, the former director of Finance who served the council from Feb1st  2021 to May 30th 2022, told lawmakers that his predecessor had handed him a scrap desktop that wasn’t usable.

“During the handing over, I was handed a desktop that was not usable, I was not handed a laptop he was using at that ceremony. It was given to me on a later date and I found out that it was not usable.” “These were parts of the assets handed to me but I could not take any record from them which made it difficult for me to establish financial information,” he explained.

He further told lawmakers that the financial records that were handed over to him were not verifiable.

“I went through the vouchers that were available and most of them lacked backup attachment and the ones available were without necessary signatures. This is why I was unable to make a financial statement,” he told legislators. 

Babucarr Manneh who was succeeded by Alagie Manneh, refuted the allegation, saying all the necessary information were handed over to Alagie Manneh before he left the office. 

Hon. Kebbalang Fofana, member of the FPAC committee, urged the council to go back and establish a concrete financial report with evidence of how everything transpired. 

The session was adjourned to the 15th of this month.