19 June 2012

Liberia: Gov't Admits Several Deliverables Will Not Be Implemented Before Deadline

The Liberian government through Deputy Information Minister for Administration, Norris Tweah, has admitted that several deliverables within the 150-Day Action Plan will not be implemented before the end of June 30, 2012. The 150-Day Action Plan, which was officially launched by President Ellen-Johnson on February 1, 2012, is expected to climax on June 30, 2012.

Among other things, the government 150-day plan seeks to improve the living condition of the citizenry. According to Deputy Information Minister Tweah, 'all the deliverables are on course, but some will not be achieved before the deadline.' He made the disclosure on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) regular press briefing held at the Charles Gbenyon Press Hall in Monrovia.

He termed the action plan as an 'interim policy intervention' of the Liberian government.

He noted that the action plan comprises of 52 intangible and 34 tangible interventions.

The MICAT official named the Yellue Road Project, the formulation of the National Youth Policy and the Pilot-One-County Product for Grand Cape Mount County as some of the deliverables that would not be actualized before the end of June 30.

He stated that the formulation of the National Youth Policy has some legal implications and as such, it will not be accomplished.

He disclosed that a National Youth Conference (NYC) is expected to be held in Gbarnga, Bong County before the end of the 150-day action plan.

According to him, about US$98,000 has been allocated for the conference.

He further disclosed that the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC) has received funding from the Ministry of Finance for the purpose of implementing the launching of the nation-wide palava hut program.

He said the program will be launched before the end of the 150-day action plan.

"For the past months, all of the deliverables are on course, but some will not be achieved before or on June 30. Most of the deliverables, including the appointment of a youth advisor to the President, the formation of the National Reconciliatory Task Force, the launch of the National Vision 2030 District Consultations and many more have all been actualized. Although there are challenges, but we are making significant progress in achieving these deliverables," the deputy information minister for administration emphasized.

The MICAT official further stated that the budgetary allocations of youth organizations, including the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), and Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) amongst others have increased by 75% in the draft national budget.

He added that the increment is in consonance with government's youth empowerment program.

For his part, the acting Deputy Public Works Minister for Planning and Programs, Sam Nagbe, disclosed that the installation of street lights at strategic areas in the country as enshrined in the 150-day action plan will not be achieved before June 30.

However, he pledged the Ministry's commitment in actualizing all of the remaining deliverables under its domain before the expiration of the action plan.

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