7 February 2014

Liberia: Finance Minister Apologizes to Legislature for Budget Mistakes

Monrovia — Liberia's Finance Minister Amara Konneh Thursday apologized to the plenary of the House of Representatives about misinformation placed in the final draft of the citizens' guide to National budget presented to that august body.

During the annual address of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Legislature, the finance ministry provided members of the legislature and dignitaries attending the event copies of the citizens guard, which explains how funds are allotted and used in the National budget on a county by county basis.

Representative Francis Paye (NDC-District #2 River -Cess County) days after the presentation of the document observed what he described as serious discrepancies and misinformation on financial allocations and transactions about River-CessCounty in the guard printed by the Ministry.

As a result of his observation Paye wrote plenary of the House of Representative to invite the Finance Minister to give the reason for the discrepancies.

Representative Paye amongst other things claimed that, information that should have been placed under River-Cess County as it relates to the allocation and implementation of the National budget were placed under Grand Gedeh and Grand Bassa Counties with specific reference to oil Block 13.

Appearing before that august body Konneh apologized to plenary and described the error as typographical errors and promised to in one week provide draft copies with accurate information to every member of the Legislature for their perusal and input before it can be printed in hands bill.

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