The Vice Chairman for Public Relations of the opposition Unity Party (UP), Mr. Rufus Paul is calling on the Liberian Senate to table all confirmation proceedings of the Director General of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) Mr. Dewitt VonBallmoos until a comprehensive audit of his previous term in office can be done by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) with findings made available to the public.
According to the UP stalwart, he has drafted a petition to be presented to the Plenary of the Liberian Senate after their Easter vacation through the offices of Senators Abraham Darius Dillon of Montserrado County and Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence of Grand Bassa County for the Senate to table the confirmation hearings of the NASSCORP Director-General.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Whistleblower, Mr. Paul argued that there has never been a single audit conducted since the end of the first term of Mr. VonBallmoos at NASCORP.
The UP Vice Chairman added that there has not even been a single auditor seen visiting the ground of NASSCORP for such purpose.
According to him, there is information that Mr. VonBallmos’ administration is hit by serious accountability crisis.
“We are not calling on the President to withdraw his nomination but we are demanding the Senate to halt his confirmation hearings. We know the Senate has the power to do so until his past administration can be audited by the GAC and findings made public to safeguide his next administration because it’s totally a new job,” Paul noted.
VonBallmoos completed the administration of Mr. Maxwell Carbah who was dismissed ahead of the 2014 Senatorial Election as he was contesting for the Lofa County seat.
Paul explained that when Mr. VonBallmoos took over to complete the tenure of his former boss, then President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2017 decided to make the position a tenured job.
“The office of Senator Abe Darius Dillion will be used to make our case in Plenary at the Liberian senate through our petition,” the UP Vice Chairman for Public Relations stressed.
He disclosed that an audit is necessary because Mr. VonBallooms is moving into another four-year job and that if he is confirmed by the Senate without proper check, President Weah would have no authority to dismiss him easily unless on a legitimate cause because it is a tenured position.
“We are informed that some pensioners are still not getting their wages. Additionally, we learned that he financed the construction of local party chapters for the ruling party in Lofa County and even District #6 in Montserrado County. Let him be audited by GAC to clear all those doubts,” he pointed out.
He claimed that the NASSCORP Director General has given the impression that there is huge corruption at the entity due to his failure to be audited.
The act creating the NASSCORP, first passed by the Legislature on July 10, 1975, and re-instituted in 1980, by the People’s Redemption Council (PRC) Decree No.14, provides future financial security for insured employees and their dependents. This provision applies in the event of loss of natural ability to earn income, temporarily or permanently due to work-related injury, occupational disease, old-age, invalidity or death. The Act considers NASSCORP as a caring and responsive social security institution by providing for its covered population.