19 March 2014

Liberia: Budget Shortfall Blamed On Creation of Agencies

River Gee Senator Frederick Cherue has blamed the budget shortfall in government on the creation of new autonomous agencies by the Legislature.

Senator Cherue explained that the creation of autonomous agencies with the same functions was responsible for the budget shortfall.

"Why the Legislature should be creating new autonomous agencies when we already have agencies of government that are doing the same work and they receive budgetary appropriations?" he wondered.

Senator Cherue's statement was in response to a bill which seeks to establish the Renew, Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) as an autonomous agency of government.

Already the RREA is currently receiving budgetary allotment in the amount of US$350,000.00 from 2013/2014 national budget.

Senator Cherue explained that the bill should be rejected because the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) was the body responsible for electricity in the country. He said establishing a new agency will be burdensome on the government.

The River Gee County Senator wants the Legislature to avoid the passage into law of new agencies that would be doing similar work.

He disclosed that the establishment of the Law Reform Commission and other agencies was also creating a burden on the government because they and the Governance Commission do the same work.

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