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Liberia’s Auditor Finds Dead on Agriculture Ministry Payroll

June 28, 2012

Liberia’s Agriculture Ministry kept dead employees on its payroll and can’t account for millions of dollars in donor funding, the West African nation’s auditor- general said.

The ministry continued to pay salaries to 87 people who had retired or resigned, or were deceased, Winsley Nanka, acting auditor-general, said in a report on the website of the General Auditing Commission.

Ministry officials also failed to produce documentation of 14 agricultural projects sponsored by international donors, including the World Bank and China, according to the report, which was published on its website today. The auditor investigated the period between July 2006 and June 2009.

There were no records at the ministry detailing whether the projects had been completed, and how the funds, which amounted to at least $6 million, had been used, the report said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Pauline Bax in Accra at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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