19 January 2014

Liberia: House Endorses U.S.$73 Million Districts Budgetary Increase

Members of the House Representatives Thursday, January 16, 2014, unanimously voted for the inclusion of US73 million in the 2014/15 fiscal national budget.

The money will be spread across the 73 district of the 15 sub-political divisions of the country for direct-district- impact project.

In his statement during the official opening of the august body, Speaker Alex Tyler proposed a budgetary allotment of US$73M to be used on development projects in all districts across Liberia.

In line with the proposal, Lofa County District #4 Representative Mariamu B. Fofana communicated to the Plenary of the House seeking the appropriation of US$ 73 million in the forthcoming FY 2014/2014 national budget.

In her communication, Rep. Fofana said the amount, if appropriated, will be separated from the County Development Fund (CDF).

According to Rep. Fofana, the deplorable conditions remain serious challenge to the growth and development of the country as indicated by Speaker Alex Tyler in his opening of the House third working season. "The amount will provide opportunity for direct development of all the rural communities in the country. This endorsement is necessary, given the fact that we as lawmakers were afforded the opportunity to travel through the length and breadth of the country and observed for ourselves the appalling conditions our people are faced with. This proposed bill is healthy for our democracy and must be encouraged," she said in her communication.

"But we must be reminded that by law, the power to execute and implement projects lies with the executive as propounded by the Speaker," she told the body in defending her proposed.

She said the amount will panacea in addressing the key recommendations of the citizens' inputs in the budgetary process as it will bring direct development to the doors of the people in rural areas.


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