PPCC Chairman Quits Job to Respond to Global Witness Allegations

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The Public Procurement and Concessions Commission(PPCC) says it takes due notice of the ongoing investigation by the Special Task Force on the Global Witness allegations against some past and present officials of the Liberian Government including its Chairman Professor Willie Belleh, Jr.


The Special Task Force has included Professor Belleh in the second batch of persons indicted for their alleged roles in the Sable Mining saga. He is currently on post-surgery consultations in the United States and is expected back home soon.


In August 2016, Professor Belleh offered to voluntarily and temporarily step aside as Chairman of PPCC’s Board of Commissioners so as to allow him face the Task Force to prove his innocence.  At the time President Sirleaf requested him to stay on as Chairman of PPCC. On January 9, 2017, Professor Belleh again offered to voluntarily and temporarily step aside, but the Presidents has decided that on account of the short life span of this administration and the need “to conclude priorities that have been established under the Agenda for Transformation, which requires for all officials to be fully on board, and given that she does not know how long the legal process regarding his case will take”, she prefers to accept his resignation and has done so.


Professor Belleh continues to insist that he is innocent and that the charges against him are fabrications. The Commission calls on the courts to expeditiously give Professor Belleh due process so that he will have the opportunity to defend himself. 


Prior to the Global Witness allegations and this indictment, Professor Belleh has served the Commission with distinction.Regrettably, given that the PPCC is an integrity institution, President Sirleaf has approved his resignation request to afford him the opportunity to respond to the allegation brought against him.


The Vice Chairperson of the Commission, Mrs. Esther Paegar, will handle the affairs of the Commission pending the appointment of another chairperson.


Meanwhile, the Commission assures all institutions and the public at large, that it will continue to effectively and efficiently discharge its mandate in the interest of the Liberian people.