Demonstration Was Due To Transformation…CNDRA Boss Asserts

The Director General of the Center for National Documents and Archives (CNDRA), says the recent disruptive protest by some “aggrieved employees” may be attributed to her transformation programs which have seriously prevented or aborted several clandestine activities at the agency.

Madam Philomena Bloh Sayeh, who denied allegations leveled against her, told journalists during the weekend that, as a result of her reform programs, some of the employees who have been creating bad image for CNDRA are now finding it difficult to fit into the new system

According to a press release, she averred that some of the employees who staged the disruptive protest by obstructing the delivery of power to the agency’s facilities and preventing customers from transacting with the Customer Service Center, during the past were engaged in unscrupulous activities with the public.

Madam Sayeh maintained that the creation of a Digital Scanning Center (DSC) which now processes all documents taken to the agency through a scanning system with a database and the Customer Service Center which is an extension of the DSC;a one-stop service point for all services have seriously hindered the dubious activities of the past.

The CNDRA boss whodisclosed that transformation at the Agency began with a small team of committed staff in 2010, praised the government of Liberia, Dr. Verlon Stone an International Consultant and academician of Indiana University, the World Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation through USAID, and the Norwegian Refugee Council for the various support in transforming all aspects of the Agency..

Emphasizing on her desire to uphold the reform process at CNDRA, she indicated that, “As  we  prepare  to  integrate  all of  our  systems  and  services and move our  Agency forward,  we will be guided by objectivity as we make hard choices and bold decisions.”

She further stressed that, “Toward this end, through assistance from MCC, we have recruited a young Liberian Consultant with considerable experience in Auditing and project management, Mr. Martin SayeKollah.  He  will  be working directly in  my  office to  assist  in transforming  the various  units  of CNDRA  consistent with the mandate of  the Agency.  This  will definitely be a process and not an event  because  we  think it  will be  on-going and deliberately  slow in order  to bring all  of  our employees  along.”

Responding to questions regarding one of the various accusations by the “aggrieved employees”, she indicated to the journalists that the turning point in CNDRA’s transformation began with the recruitment of Mr. Ounzuba Kemeh-Gama, an experienced, US – Trained Liberian Computer Consultant.  His hiring was strictly done by the World Bank, and funding for said post is also being provided by the World Bank.

On the alleged misapplication of US$1.2 million World Bank Fund, Director Sayeh referred the journalist to the procedure on how such funding is expended as she lamented that no penny of said amount was ever expended by her. She also informed the journalists that, “An administrator  who is a dictator and does not have good working relationship will not be very supportive of staff pursuing efforts to improve themselves by furthering  their education and pledged her commitment to continue as long as resources are available. She further stressed thatseveral management and staffmembers are currently attending university both at the undergraduate and graduate level with our financial support or flexibility with working hours.  Our  Deputy Director-General, Mr. Alexander Saylee is  a  student  at the Louis  Arthur Grimes  School of  Law while  the Financial Comptroller,  Personnel Director, Information Director, and Technical Coordinator are  all pursuing  studies at the University of Liberia under CNDRA’s local scholarship program.”

With regards to  the alleged increment in her salary from USD2250 to USD2500, Madam Sayeh again informed the journalists that she has no authority to either determine or increase her salary as such standards  was with the government through the Finance Ministry.