19 September 2012

Liberia: Supt. Kpan Alarms Over 'Discrimination' in National Budget

Montserrado County Superintendent, Madam Grace T. Kpan, has alarmed over what she calls "discrimination" in the country's national budget. Recently, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf signed into law the national budget totaling US$ 679.72 million for the fiscal years 2012/2013. President Johnson-Sirleaf signed the budget after it was approved by the Legislature.

According to Madam Kpan, city mayors as well as superintendents must be supported in the national budget without "discrimination". She stated that citizens will one way or the other feel the impact of development if they (superintendents and mayors) are adequately supported through the budget.

The Montserrado County Supt. Wants substantial portion of the budget provided to city mayors, commissioners, and superintendents. She made these assertions on Monday, September 17, 2012 at a formal turning over ceremony of the Brewerville City Corporation (BCC) outside Monrovia.

During the ceremony, Mr. G. Varney Curtis, Sr. took over from Madam Lucinda A. E. Herbert as the BCC new boss. Speaking further, Madam Kpan frowned over the inclusion of only two (2) cities within the national budget. She named the city corporations included in the national budget as the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC). She maintained that the act amounts to "discrimination".

Regardless of geographical location, the Montserrado County supt. pointed out that all cities must be provided some level of support for the purpose of development. She claimed that the current budget of the PCC, which is $US350, 000, is more than the budgetary allocation of Montserrado County.

She said US$63,000 has been allocated to the county in the national budget. "We need to support our mayors and commissioners through budgetary allotment. When they are supported, citizen in those areas are going to benefit positively. We all need to work in order to make our city real. Montserrado County could not even get 10% of what the PCC have in the national budget.

I think our lawmakers need to look at the budget critically. Brewerville, Clashland, And Attington are also other cities that need to be supported," she stated. Madam Kpan, however, promised to work with the office of the new mayor to ensure that Brewerville City is developed.

She vowed to help realize the vision of City Mayor Curtis and urged the citizens and business entities operating in the area to fully cooperate with his administration.

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