Gov’t Procurement Chief Resigns

The Government of Liberia (GOL) Procurement Chief, Madam Peggy Varley Meres, has resigned her position.

Madam Meres who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) according to a credible source, tendered in her resignation to Professor Willie Belleh Jr, Chairman of PPCC on May 15, 2014 for onward transmission to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Our source noted that Madam Meres informed the PPCC Chairman that after considerable thought and soul-searching, she decided to resign from her position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC).

Our source noted further that Madam Meres told Professor Belleh saying, “I can assure you that it was not an easy decision to make.”

She noted that as CEO of a major integrity institution on the frontline in the fight against corruption in Liberia, the past five years have been very challenging, yet rewarding.

“I have enjoyed working for the Government and people of Liberia in helping shape the Procurement Reform Agenda, which regulates all forms of public procurement and Concessions processes,” our source quoted Madam Meres.

Our sources said she told the PPCC Chairman, “I have led a very successful team of dedicated professionals in providing training and customer service to Ministries and Agencies while actively monitoring to ensure full compliance with the PPCC Act of 2010. I am proud of the level of progress the Commission has made under my leadership in achieving its mandate.”

Madam Meres further said, “As you are aware, we have an underdeveloped private sector and the public sector is essentially the only game in town. This attracts all kinds of selfish interests and with that comes the risk of rent-seeking actors attempting to use public resources for personal gain.”

She noted that the absence or weakness of institutional checks and balances leaves the country at the mercy of the personal morality of its actors; public procurement and concessions granting in Liberia, especially given our history about stability, and peace.

“I feel honored to have been a part of the team charged with ensuring that benefits accrued to the people of Liberia by promoting competition, fairness, equal access without discrimination, and integrity in procurement and concessions granting and preventing waste and abuse of public funds. I will always look back with affection, satisfaction, and pride at our accomplishments,” Madam Meres expressed

Outlining her achievements, Madam Meres according to our source noted that she spearheaded the amendment and restatement of the Public Procurement and Concessions Act (PPCA) in October 2010, to allow for easier implementation by practitioners, and better enforcement by the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC).

She also noted the erection of several billboards around Monrovia and its environs and conducted regional workshops as part of a rigorous awareness campaign to enhance the knowledge of local government authorities, and the public in general, on the provisions of the PPCA and the benefits to be accrued from strict adherence.

Madam Meres also chronicled the fact that she hosted for two consecutive years the private sector workshop on public procurement to foster competition and promote the development of Liberia through private sector entities.