The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI), Stephen Dorbor has called for compliance from ministries and Agencies for the full execution of the entity’s mandate.
Dorbor emphasized that the lack of compliance from government institutions has a way of negatively impacting the smooth workings of the LEITI. Speaking yesterday during a meeting with stakeholders in the transparency sector at his institution’s head office in Monrovia, the LEITI Board Chairman stressed the need for political will to guarantee compliance and cooperation with LEITI. He also indicated the need for a presidential mandate to be issued by the President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to relevant government ministries and agencies to ensure compliance that they comply with LEITI in order to foster transparency. For her part, President Johnson-Sirleaf told the gathering that her government remains committed to supporting initiatives intended to enhance transparency as well as weed out corruption within the government circle. The Liberian leader called on the LEITI to remain more engaged with ministries agencies and stakeholders by consistently communicating with them in order to get the required cooperation. She lamented: “since its establishment, the LEITI has released numerous reports in line with its mandate and we, the government, stakeholders and the general public look forward to a clean and complete report during the next term”. “We want to have good reports come the next term in order to get compliance from the relevant ministries and agencies,” the Liberian leader maintained.