16 December 2013

Liberia: Internal Affairs Suspends Development Funds

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has announced the immediate suspension of new transfer and disbursement requests affecting the County Development Fund and the County Social Development Fund.

The Ministry says the decision is based on the need to undertake an assessment and review of all accounts of the two funds, including programs and activities they support throughout the country.

In a press release issued in Monrovia, the Ministry emphasized that the suspension will not affect funds already transferred from the Ministry of Finance to the accounts of various counties for ongoing projects and programs.

It underscored that the review is necessary because county councils are being held under the new fiscal budget, and there was need to align new projects with the County Development Agenda which is consistent with provisions of the Agenda for Transformation (AFT).

The Ministry has further assured that it will shortly begin to consult with sectoral agencies, legislative caucuses, and concessions contributing to the Social Development Fund, adding that the suspension is temporary.

In a related development, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has also announced that it will shortly embark on a comprehensive review of scholarships offered by county administrations and funded from the Social Development Fund to ensure that scholarships are aligned with the Agenda for Transformation as well as targeted to meet the human capital development needs of the country.

It noted that the good intention and benefits of the county scholarship program has overwhelmed county administrations, Legislative Caucuses, and unless it is reformed, the scholarship program could be counterproductive.

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