The Inquirer (Monrovia)

16 January 2014

Liberia: PYJ Demands Budgetary Performance

Nimba County Senior Senator, Prince Y. Johnson, has appealed to his colleagues to support him demand the Executive Branch of Government to submit to that August Body a budget performance report before the 2014/2015 budget is passed into law.

In his address highlighting reports from his constituency break on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at the first sitting of the third session at the Capitol Building, Senator Johnson accused the Executive of allotting US54 million in the 2012/2013 national budget under General Claims without reporting to the Legislature as to how the money was expended.

He told his colleagues to be critical during this 3rd session and prevail on line-ministries, agencies or cabinet ministers to present to plenary all expenditure reports before discussion of the budget.

The lawmaker blamed the circumstances on the plenary of the Senate which is the highest decision making body that has the jurisdiction to counter-check the performance of the Executive.

Senator Johnson, a former presidential candidate in the 2011 legislative and presidential elections blasted that the Executive has always traced expenditure report of his county (Nimba) whenever money is given for developmental projects.

He blew his own horn saying that Nimba County constitutes two-third of the country's population that can make anyone a "King or President" and as such the county needs more money from central government for developmental purposes.

It is not clear as to what action President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will take if she hears this because heads of ministries and agencies have refused and sometimes delayed in submitting their performance reports on how they used their allotments in the fiscal year. Making performance report at the end of a budget year appears to be strange and difficult amongst Government officials who are only accustomed to spending taxpayers' monies without accountability.

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