NPAA Director Challenges European Union …says he will not be suspended
By Arthur Ben Tucker
Dr. Kolleh Bangura, the National Protected Area Authority (NPAA) Executive Director has challenged the Ministry of Agriculture and the European Union regarding his suspension recommended by the auditors who discovered that a huge chunk of €394,000 Euro was allegedly chopped by him and two others.
Dr. Bangura wrote a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture, stating that since the matter is under investigation at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) he will not step aside or refund any money as recommended by the European Union auditors until the Commission finds him guilty.
However, the European Union auditors since last year insisted in their recommendation to the Ministry of Agriculture to suspended Dr. Bangura, the Empress administrator-Amos Kamara and Empress accountant-Joseph Kai Feneh with half salary pending the ACC investigation.
The Agric Ministry is currently under immense pressure from Donor partners regarding the said amount which was mysteriously missing and unaccounted for.
A letter written by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture to the NPAA Board, reads: “I should like to bring to the attention of the Board that the subject under discussion is a national issue which bothers and has the potential to undermine the credibility and integrity of Government especially in the management of Donor Funds.”
The letter further revealed that there have been correspondences from Donor partners piping immense pressure on the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and Ministry of Agriculture urging the later for the recovery of the said amount and to also take action on individuals in the National Protected Area Authority (NPAA).
The Development partners had since been requesting for evidence of action instituted against the three men, but it is yet to be done.
The Permanent Secretary continued in the letter that “the ministry now urge the Board of the NPAA to take full responsibility for the recovery of the ineligible expenditure of the Three Hundred and Forty-Two Thousand, Six Hundred and Twenty Euros and to institute the appropriate actions required for misappropriation of Donor Funds.”
Replying to the letter, the NPAA Board Chairman, in his private capacity Lawyer Africanus Sesay, stated that the Ministry of Agriculture has no right to suspend the three officers as demanded by the European Union.
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