The Ministry of Finance seems to be experiencing some serious administrative lapses causing frustration and disappointment in the new administration of the Ministry headed by Minister Amara Konneh whose appointment received one of the highest public praises in support of the young Minister.
Many Liberians took to radio talk-shows across Monrovia praising President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for preferring Mr. Konneh to head the Country’s Treasury. Young Liberians, who see Mr. Amara Konneh as a symbol of progressive reformist, were thronged at his confirmation hearing holding banners and placards and chanting slogans in support of the young Finance Minister-most of whom were recruited by Minister Konneh in support of the second term presidential bid of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the gone presidential election.
However, since Minister Konneh’s commencement of duties, authoritative sources have revealed that the young minister is finding it difficult to get along with the fundamental rudimentary of the Ministry of Finance. According to our sources, since the month of March ended and up to present, employees of that Ministry are yet to be given their monthly salary which is their legal entitlement.
“Minister Konneh has provided us no explanations for reasons why he has not paid us up to present. Some of us are family people. This is the only job we are doing to support our families. If Minister Konneh and his deputies will not give us justifications for holding our pay, we will make sure the President hears about it. Our pay is our right,” an aggrieved source stated.
Minister Konneh, though, new on the job, public expectation was that he would get on the ground of the Ministry of Finance running. But as things seem proceeding, it is anyone’s guess how the young minister will adjust himself and subsequently rise to the occasion thus regaining the confidence of his employees.
Another source who begged for anonymity indicated this to us: “When this man took over the Finance Minister. After two days, he brought a group of journalists here to cover him while he shakes our hands. We came to work that morning and met them standing at the entrance of the Ministry. I told him, my man, I’m not shaking your hand. The President didn’t say you should come here and be shaking our hands under journalists’ cameras.
Additionally, what we need is better improvement in our lives not shaking our hands. Now, you see what I was saying? Just his first month on the job, the young man has started failing. We can’t get our pay. This is bad leadership. We hope he is doing something about it. Or else, Madam President who sent him here will soon hear about it.”
The leadership of Minister Konneh is under public spotlight hoping that he and his team can proof that they can provide adequate management to the Ministry of Finance despite criticism from some quarters that they lack the administrative pedigree to do so. The President of Liberia has given the Young Minister all the opportunity to proof to the Liberian people that he is capable of managing their treasury in a way that will bring new improvements to their lives. He has already said that so many times. But with recent development from the Ministry of Finance, the Liberians are consciously watching to see the possibility of Minister Konneh making full manifestation of his statements into tangible deliverables that will positively impact their lives.
Additionally, Minister Konneh and his team are faced with serious challenges to cushion work place desperation and to change employees’ mind-set which probably would serve as the pillars they can stand on to regain employees’ confidence given that his leadership while in the embryonic stage has been accused of failing to present vision and to evolve workers participation of which our sources are saying is a sign of administrative failure.