LIBERIA: With Rousing Condemnation From The Public, Finance Minister Vows To Account For All Ebola Funds

PHOTO: Amara Konneh

Finance Minister Amara Konneh has said government will account properly for “every penny” received and expended in a bid to ensure transparency in the process of fighting the Ebola disease.

Konneh said the country is in a crisis that requires resources and donations and as such “any cash allotted for the fight must be used for the intended purpose,” noting “government will prosecute anyone who embezzles a single cent entrusted to them.”

The Finance Minister made the statement when he, on behalf of government, received 12 Ebola survivors released from the ELWA Treatment Unit III in Paynesville on Wednesday.

He said while it is “yet too early for the public to accuse anyone of eating Ebola funds, the government will not relent in sending anyone to jail if caught” tempering with any fund intended to contain the spread of the virus.

At the same time, Minister Konneh has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to provide every utility necessary to combat the virus, and is working out plans to open additional treatment units in Monrovia and the rest of country.

He pointed out that the government will reduce wasteful spending and direct resources towards saving the lives of Ebola victims at treatment centers, noting, “All we will ask of heads of treatment units is to provide reports to ensure that our people get the best care needed to save their lives.”

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