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Deadline for the much-publicized 150-day deliverables by government ministries and agencies ended Saturday, 30 June with several ministries and agencies failing to implement planned projects and programs.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on 28 February 2012 launched the action plans and called on all officials to work with stakeholders in the private and public sectors in order achieve their targeted deliverables.
She also called on the media and civil society to form an effective partnership toward achieving their deliverable goals.
The 150-Day Action Plan includes Reconciliation, Youth Empowerment, National Visioning, Jobs, Education and Better Services.
But an investigation by New Democrat shows that several government agencies failed to meet with the schedule.
The appointment of a new Auditing General at the General Auditing Commission was amongst the plans, but Mr. Winsley S. Nanka, who served as deputy under Mr. John Morlu, is still acting.
Under education and youth empowerment, there was no expansion of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) in Paynesville as targeted among the deliverables.
The National Transit Authority should have acquired ten new buses to expand the public transport system and a new terminal constructed in Monrovia as a hub for the NTA network, but that failed to happen.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports admitted that it will not implement all deliverables under its domain in the 150-Day Deliverables (Action Plan).
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sam E. Hare told a briefing at the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism Monday that that ministry implemented six of the eight deliberable targets assigned to it.
He admitted that the ministry is unable to achieve all of the deliverables due to certain constraints.
Mr. Hare named the submission of a youth bill to the Legislature and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Liberian Opportunity Industrial Center (LOIC) as some of the deliverables that will not be completed before the deadline.
“We’d like to be very honest to tell you that there are two deliverables the MYS is unable to achieve within the 150-Day period. For the Youth bill, the young people at the third national conference themselves looked into the bill and decided that it requires more time for consultation and clarity and they were not prepared to have the bill submitted,” Mr. Hare indicated.
He said the MOU with the LOIC will not be actualized before the expiration of the action plan because government does not want the exercise to be stage-managed as the government intends to sign a ‘comprehensive plan’ that will empower young people through vocational and technical trainings.
Meanwhile, he said some 3000 young people would enroll at several vocational and technical institutions to better their lives.
He named the dedication and launching of the Clay Vocational Training Center in Bomi county, construction of staff’s quarters, increment in budgetary allocation to FLY and LINSU, the re-launching of the Girls and Boys Scouts, the adoption of the National Youth Policy, amongst others, as some of the interventions that have been successfully completed within the 150-day action plan.
President Sirleaf in an interview with allafrica online recently said she will dismiss any of her officials that will not perform.
“Those who measure up will move on and help to consolidate the gains they’ve contributed. Those who do not measure up will be asked to leave so that we can find replacements that will be able to achieve the targets” she said.