Sources close to the office of the Cabinet Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children’s Affairs, Hon. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, have confirmed to this newspaper that as of yesterday November 1st 2016, not a single penny has been disbursed this year to critical directorates of the ministry despite PETS FORMS submitted to Accountant General’s Office by the ministry for months now.
“Even as small amounts as mere two or three million leones as imprest for Children’s Directorate or Planning Directorate, have not been honoured. Everything is very peculiar. It is now clear to everyone that officials in the government are undermining the operations of the ministry so as to sabotage the minister,” one of our competent ministry sources informed.
No one can explain what the problem is.
It can be recalled that the Head of the Civil Service had openly warned in Port Loko back in July this year that any Cabinet Minister who did not allow civil servants to get their way, will be made to fail as a minister. The threat was made shortly after the minister reported top civil servants at her ministry for corrupt acts. Despite the minister reporting to the President, the Vice President, the Police and Anti Corruption Commission, nothing has been heard of that matter.
Instead, whilst other government offices get funded, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs is not being financed.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed but credible sources say that due to lack of care, four allegedly dangerous juvenile inmates at the Kingtom Remand Home, escaped two nights ago from detention to destinations unknown.
“How can these government officials ignore their duty to the vulnerable in society because they want one minister to appear as failing? The minister that they are fighting, is however enjoying huge sympathy from the public instead of the other way around because everybody can now see the big picture,” another disgusted ministry official stated.
The minister Hon. Dr. Sylvia Blyden, has meanwhile traveled out of the country and is expected back on Friday this week. This newspaper will continue to monitor and report on the developments.