MONROVIA — National ID Registry Manager J. Tiah Nagbe has been summoned for questioning for allegedly issuing free national ID cards to residents of Maryland County.
The National Identification Registry (NIR) is responsible for issuing a digital identity in Liberia to, among other things, contribute to the economic and social development of the country. It is issued for US$5.
However, in a presentation to the plenary, Rep. Isaac Blalu Roland of (Maryland District #3) alleged that the Executive Director of the NIR issued the National Identity Card free of charge; while at the same time he (Nagbe) pleads for an increase in the budget allocation for the Registry.
Rep. Roland, begging the House’s indulgence to invite Nagbe to be questioned, also told the plenum that the NIR boss’ action comes as he declared his desire to run for a legislative seat in the Maryland.
“I am pleased to present my most sincere compliments and wish to request this august body to invite J. Tiah Nagbe, Executive Director of the National Identification Registry, to appear before this plenary to explain the reasons for the free issuance of a national ID card in the county of Maryland;especially now that he has officially declared his intention to contest.Representative Roland writes.
During the budget deliberation for the 2020/2021 financial year, the boss of the NIR, to defend the budget of his institution before Parliament, pleaded for full budgetary support. At the time, he noted that the institution was not implementing its full mandate as required by law due to low budget support.
In his communication, Rep. Roland said that the NIR cannot continue to claim budget support while its executive director is at the same time issuing a free national ID card.
“It is unacceptable that Mr. Nagbe is appealing to the Legislative Assembly for full support in the national budget and issuing thousands of national ID cards for free.”
Writing further, the Maryland District No. 3 lawmaker said the NIR boss’ action will not only deprive the government of Liberia of thousands of US dollars in revenue, but he has the propensity to cripple the NIR. in its mandate and to cause the national identity cards to end up in the hands of foreigners.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker’s request has been granted and Mr. Nagbe will appear before the House just after the Independence Day recess.
Mr. Nagbe, a presidential appointee, came under fire when he declared his intention to contest the county seat in the Senate.
According to the New Dawn newspaper, Nagbe kicked off his pre-campaign activities in Maryland County in April this year, when he rallied citizens to consider him one of the county’s top senatorial contenders in the upcoming election. .
He then arrived in the county to an enthusiastic welcome by a cross section of citizens, including supporters of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), market women, motorcyclists, chiefs traditional and elders from Maryland’s three electoral districts.
Official receptions were held in his honor at William V. S. Tubman University in Harper and Jacksonville Township respectively; all in Electoral District No. 1, Maryland County.
He also addressed huge crowds at the Pleebo Intellectual Center in Maryland’s No. 2 District and Karluway and Barrobo in Electoral District No. 3.
In a campaign-style speech, he called on citizens to re-elect the CDC government and all of its senatorial and representative candidates in 2023 to benefit from more development.
“Marylanders, you saw what happened to you in those years, if you stay here and elect some of these same people into power, who did nothing for the county, blame yourself,” he said. declared.
“Because our vision is to transform the lives of citizens and future generations of the county. So if you give me the power, I will join other CDC lawmakers in moving the county to where we all want it to be. Let me tell you, my fellow Marylanders, if we still want to take advantage of this great opportunity as a Southeast, let’s support all CDC candidates in 2023.”
Nagbe’s actions were in clear violation of the Code of Conduct (COC) which sets out the standards of behavior and conduct required of public officials and government employees.
The Code also guides, regulates and ensures compliance with the standards and behaviors required of all public officials and government employees in the interests of impartiality, objectivity, transparency, integrity, efficiency and effectiveness. in the exercise of their functions and mandates.
It obliges any person appointed by the President, including the Minister and the Director, who wishes to stand for public elective office, to resign from said position at least two years before the date of the elections.
It also calls on any other civil servant appointed by the President, holder of an incumbent position and wishing to run for public elective office, to resign from said position three years before the elections.