The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Supt., Internal Affairs Entangled in Accusations

A Montserrado County Electoral District #13 Representative has accused the County's Superintendent of stalling developments within his constituency due to her inability to unlock the deserved funding.

But in counter, Supt. Grace T. Kpaan has shifted blame on the Ministry of Internal Affairs because of what she referred to as too many stringent measures. The Development Superintendent, Sylvester Lamah, though admitted to the button neck, but said the fund was being "micro-managed" by the Internal Affairs Ministry.

"The effect of the delays is not only limited to district #13, but the rest, including our offices as Superintendents; any money request made to Internal Affairs has to go through processes to the extent that if you are not patient, you will give-up," he noted.

Lamah said of the US$2.6 million for the county, only US$400,000.00 was used. "The money needs to be released and used for the intended purposes (development) within those districts for our people."

"We (the Superintendents) are also victims like the district lawmakers whose requests for funding for development projects have not been honored by the Ministry," he defended.

However, expressing his frustration, Saah Joseph said Superintendent Grace Kpaan's action was impeding the projects earmarked in the district intended to improve his people's lives. Hee vowed not to attend any development meeting of the county unless there is some improvement in the bureaucracy and working machinery.

He told the media in Monrovia that the superintendent's office has created button necks in releasing part of the US$150,000.00 allotted to the district within the 2012/2013 national budget.

"Projects have been stalled for some times now, including the construction of a US$50, 000.00 clinic in Tonpo Village; US$40,000.00 Bridge at Stockton Creek Community; US$15,000.00 Scholarships for needy students and many others needed to be done within the district," Joseph distressful stated.

The lawmaker is expecting some medical practitioners from the United States early next year to carry out free services to the people of district 13, but the clinic intended for that has not gotten off the ground.

Joseph, who is somehow disappointed with Kpaan said, because the fund has not been unlocked for the projects, his people were more or less becoming disgruntled. District #13 and others are not the only would-be recipients whose requests are reportedly being delayed by the Internal Affairs or finance Ministries.

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