16 January 2014

Liberia: We Welcome the Speaker's Proposal, but With Caution


A proposal by House Speaker Jenekah Alex Tyler for the allocation of US$73 Million in the 2014/2015 National Budget for "direct district impact projects" is highly welcoming.

We consider the proposal by Speaker Tyler as very brilliant, as it is people driven and in the right direction. We believe this proposal when it is actualized will bring a relief to the improvised people of Liberia, particularly those living in the rural parts of the country. Speaking Tyler, who made the proposal when he spoke on Monday, January 13, 2014 at programs marking the formal opening of the 3rd session of the 53rd National Legislature held in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Monrovia, stated that the proposed budgetary allocation is separate and distinct from the County Development Fund(CDF).

According to him, this is one of the ways much needed development can reach and impact the lives of rural dwellers.

The House Speaker's proposal was a result of his recent visit to rural Liberia where he observed the deplorable conditions of the roads and bridges in rural Liberia. Among other things, the House Speaker also observed that schools lack the basic learning facilities and the condition of the health sector in the leeward parts of the country remain appalling.

While sincerely welcome this brilliant proposal, we, on the other hand, challenge the Speaker and members of the 53rd Legislature to ensure that the proposal is actualized for the betterment of the people.

Our challenge is based on the past when similar proposals were made by some public officials to improve the unspeakable conditions of the Liberian people, but at the end of the day, those fine proposals were swept under the carpet and were never actualized.

This is why we are challenging the Speaker to march his proposal with deeds and not words only.

Again, we welcome the Speaker's Proposal, but with caution. Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:18 Written by EDITORIAL TEAM

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