NHA Managing Director Duannah Siryon institutes measures to ensure Robust Customer ServiceInstitutes 21st Century Technology, Robust Customer Service intended for efficiency The newly-appointed Managing Director at the National Housing Authority (NHA), Duannah Siryon, has requested that the General Auditing Commission (GAC) conduct a comprehensive audit of the entity, a release has said.According o the release issued yesterday, quoted Siryon as saying that he has asked the GAC to audit the entity from fiscal year 2013 to January 30, 2018.“We want to know the status of the NHA regarding all projects that the entity had carried out from 2013, along with payroll audit, so that we know every employee is receiving his/her just salary and benefits,” Siryon said.He admitted that the NHA has received a Draft General Audit report from the General Auditing Commission, comprising FY2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016; but he has asked the GAC for an extended audit that covers up to FY2017 period.He said the audit report received covers NHA’s financial control analysis, which his administration is reviewing while at the same time has requested for an extended coverage.Siryon also revealed an introduction of an NHA’s biometric time sheet tracking system, intended to ensure that employees give their best to the entity.“In a government that is guided by a pro-poor agenda,” Siryon said, “it is necessary for employees of the NHA to become conscious of their responsibilities to the entity and to the Liberian people.”He added that his administration is introducing new measures that will include a robust customer service practice. Siryon promised to introduce a new and interactive NHA’s website that would contain documents about how clients could identify various NHA’s lands before illegal purchase.“We will be going digital,” Siryon said. “We want our people to have easy access to our website and to get the necessary information that can help them to make informed decisions about their investments.”The release quoted Siryon as saying that NHA’s development partners would underwrite the cost of the new measures at NHA.“In this pro-poor environment,” Siryon said, “we are making sure that our development partners provide us the means, and I am to state that we have received cooperation in that respect.”He said because of the poor financial standing of the country, “We are making sure that our actions are strategic and don’t bring an additional financial burden on the government.”Meanwhile, the release quoted Siryon as saying that his administration will reshuffle employees, to make them more effective and marketable in their areas of specialization.“What we are saying is that, for example, an employee in another department can be sent to a different department where he/she can have a crash course that could be added on the individual’s curriculum vitae, which is an added bonus for the individual for both internal and external promotion,” Siryon said.“Except otherwise, we don’t intend to fire any employee. This reshuffle exercise should not be misconstrued as a witch-hunt” he said. “We want our employees to be diversified on the job, which will increase their chances for promotion in the future. Employees should be an asset and not a liability to the taxpayers,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It wasn’t the real thing — that begins in Russia later this month — but a deadly serious competition nevertheless that Peru’s prison authorities are calling the first World Cup of prisons.Anticipation of the Andean nation’s first appearance at a World Cup finals in 36 years has reached fever pitch, and for its chronically overcrowded prisons, the shadow prison tournament provided a rare, sweet breath of freedom.“At last I can breathe a little air,” sighed Francis Valero, a tattooed 27-year-old locked up in Lima’s Lurigancho jail for drug trafficking. “We are hoping this will help us get reintegrated into society for good conduct.”Each of the 16 prisons included in the unique competition took the name, and the colors, of a country participating in the finals.A prison warden stand guard as inmates from Peruvian jails take part in a mock World Cup tournament at a prison in Huaral, Peru, on May 15, 2018 © AFP / CRIS BOURONCLEAll the matches observed the national anthems of each participating “national team” and officiating at the matches were a trio of professional referees.The initial phases of the monthlong competition, which involved shackled inmates crisscrossing the country in buses amid high security, was played in dusty exercise areas. The prize for the finalists? Playing in the wide open spaces of the capital’s massive 60,000-capacity Lima Stadium.– High security –Inmates play soccer © AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDESFor security reasons, the stands at the stadium were almost empty. The few family members permitted per player were vastly outnumbered by 200 armed police wearing bullet-proof vests.But that did not stop them from living the moment as if they were fans, and players, in a real World Cup finals.Peru, represented by Lurigancho prison, beat “Russia” — a team from Chimbote prison in northern Peru — on penalty kicks after it ended all square at full time.The champions received a cup, gold medals and sports outfits as prizes.“I feel free for a moment, I know that I will go back very soon. This title, I dedicate it to my family, the sacrifice was worthwhile,” said victorious Lurigancho player Thomas Manuel Aguirre, serving a sentence for aggravated robbery.“The magic of football is that it has what establishes the rules of a community,” said National Penitentiary Institute head Carlos Vasquez told AFP.“In football, just like in a community, we face a team and we have to understand that’s it’s not an enemy but the other side, you have to play by the rules of the game.”– ‘Critical overcrowding’ –Like a real tournament, the tournament was grouped into four “host” prisons in cities in Ancon, Chimbote, Ica and Lima.The semi-finals were played in Lurigancho, which has the dubious reputation of being the most overcrowded of Peru’s 69 prisons. Built to houses 3,500 prisoners, it is home to 9,700 inmates, many of them categorized as “highly dangerous.”“Overcrowding is critical in Peruvian prisons, where there are 187,000 inmates. But you sense it less when there is order,” Vasquez said, after handing out the winners’ medals after the final.“The inmates may have violated the rules, they may have committed a crime, but football unites them along with the nation with the country’s participation in the World Cup.”For inmate Omar Jaramillo Mendez, in jail for aggravated robbery, it was a chance to get a feel for life outside prison walls again.“For us it represents something important, that we, as human beings, reintegrate into society and become better people in the future,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A shadow prison tournament provided a rare, sweet breath of freedom as anticipation of Peru’s first appearance at World Cup finals in 36 years reached fever pitch © AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDESLIMA, Peru, Jun 2 – It sounds like a punchline: how does a team of prisoners win the World Cup? On penalties!That’s how Peru did it, getting out of jail to beat Russia in a tense final at the giant Lima Stadium last week.