Higher Education Commission Begins Radical Reforms

first_imgThe Acting Management of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) has begun establishing and maintaining internal controls in compliance to the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), as well as Public Finance Management (PFM) laws and other relevant acts and regulations.Prof. David S. Dahn, Acting Director General of the NCHE, said the acquiescence intends to enable the NCHE undertake its contract awards, goods delivery, project execution, evaluation and reporting in an effective and efficient manner, as well as the preparation of documentation on procurement/projects that are free from material misstatements.In an interview with journalists on Friday, April 19, Prof. Dahn said Mr. Johnson Choloprey and team have written the policy on finance, while Mr. Emmanuel Slewion and team did the “Policy on Personnel.”“We have written the General Services Agency to help code the assets of the NCHE and communicated to the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) to set-up internal auditing,” Prof. Dahn said.The radical reforms of the NCHE followed the accusation of the General Audit Commission (GAC), stating that the NCHE didn’t establish anti-fraud internal controls to track performance of financial and administrative malpractices, which has led to deceit of over US$55k and LD$2m.According to the GAC’s report, the NCHE Management failed to maintain Fixed Assets Register/listing, to provide detailed information, including cost of asset, date of purchase and coding.“Due to the absence of fixed assets Register/listing that meets the requirement of the Public Financial Management Act, we were unable to obtain reasonable assurances as to the accuracy and completeness of the assets owned by NCHE,” the report said.The report indicated that for the period from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, those who were questioned for the administrative and financial affairs of the Commission include  Dr. Michael P. Slawon,  Director General (August 2006 to January 2018) and Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn, Deputy Director General (Oct 2013 to January 2018).Deputy Director for Administration Prof. Dahn (July 2008 to present), who is serving as Acting Director General, was questioned over administrative compliance, while Mrs. Esther M. Tolbert, Finance Officer ( May 2004 to present), was examined strictly on financial compliance.The GAC’s report was investigated by the Joint Committee on Public Account and Expenditure of the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate on Monday, April 16, wherein alleged indictees were in attendance.According to the GAC’s report, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, the GAC has said it has observed during the conduct of the audit that the NCHE raised vouchers amounting to US$55,725.00 and L$2,265,045.00 respectively, without the use of Pre-numbered sequential Voucher system.During Friday’s press conference, Prof. Dahn admitted to being held liable for “administrative compliance,” arguing that he was not given the chance by former Director General Dr. Michael Slawon.He stressed that as Acting Director General since last month, he has begun establishing and maintaining internal financial and administrative controls.Prof. Dahn earned a master’s degree in Education and Regional Science. He currently teaches at the University of Liberia (UL) graduate school. Previously, he taught mathematics at the undergraduate school of the UL.Meanwhile, Prof. Dahn has appealed to the legislature for an increment in the 2018/2019 Budget.The NCHE was established by an Act of the National Legislature on March 29, 1989, to collect comprehensive data on Higher Education Institutions, establish data-banks on all tertiary institutions and to create a website for NCHE.The Act also charges the management to formulate broad-based policy guidelines for the establishment of institutions of higher education in Liberia, to serve as a principal liaison between institutions of learning from post-secondary level, to monitor, evaluate and accredit all institutions of higher education, as well as to improve new and existing programs of higher education for funding.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tiger Woods Wins in Japan, Ties Sam Snead for PGA Tour Record with 82nd Victory

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Chiba: Tiger Woods won the Zozo Championship by three strokes on Monday, matching Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour victories.It was not exactly smooth sailing for Woods, but in the end his closing three-under-par 67 was enough to hold off a challenge from Hideki Matsuyama at Narashino Country Club in the first PGA Tour event played in Japan. Woods, who had to play seven holes on Monday in the weather-affected event, finished at 19-under 261 in his first tournament since undergoing arthroscopic left knee surgery two months ago.Snead was 52 years old when he recorded his final tour victory in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1965 – nine years older than Woods’ current age.”This was big,” Woods said in a greenside interview.”It’s just crazy. It’s a lot (of victories). I’ve been able to be consistent most of my career and put myself up there with a chance to win on a number of occasions. It’s been a long week, five days at the top of the board is a long time. It was definitely stressful.”The win was a key milestone for the 43-year-old Woods, who has won three times since returning to competition nearly two years ago following a 2017 spinal fusion that fixed searing back and leg pain and resurrected a career that appeared destined to end prematurely.His first PGA Tour victory came in Las Vegas in 1996, the same year he turned professional, and his list of 82 wins includes 15 major championships, the most recent at the Masters at Augusta National in April.SLEEPY STARTWoods resumed at 7.30 a.m. on Monday with a three-shot advantage over Matsuyama, and took a while to find his stride, making a bogey right off the bat after dumping his approach shot into a bunker at the par-four 12th.But the par-five 14th proved decisive. After Matsuyama, playing in the group ahead, lipped out a five-foot birdie chance, Woods made no mistake with a birdie chance of his own, walking in a 12-foot putt, striding towards the hole as his ball toppled in and the small gallery roared.Matsuyama was not quite done. He made it interesting with a 20-foot birdie at the par-three 16th, but that was as close as he got. A 10-foot birdie at the par-five 18th put the cherry on the cake for Woods, who reacted in understated fashion as though it was just another day in the office. golfjapanPGAPGA Tour First Published: October 28, 2019, 3:09 PM ISTlast_img read more