30 June 2014

Liberia: Sources - Neyor's Letter Could Influence U.S.$73 Million Budget

Monrovia — The latest decision by the plenary of the House of Representatives to set up a special committee to investigate an open letter written by Former President of the National oil company, Christopher Z. Neyor against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her son Robert Sirleaf could hugely impact the passage of the House proposed 73 Million district development fund sources say.

Information gathered by FrontPageAfrica indicates that the Liberian Senate and House of Representatives) are currently holding joint discussions on the passage of the 2014/2015 National budget despite disagreement over the inclusion of a proposed 73 Million district development fund into the National budget.

The House of Representatives in the spirit of cordiality informed their colleagues from the Senate about plans to include US$73M for the 73 electoral districts as direct district development funds to be managed by the executive but the senate rejected the proposal terming it as unrealistic.

The House in response to the senate rejection promised to ensure that the money is placed in the budget, noting that "If it will mean the budget wouldn't be passed until October it will be but that money will be placed in the budget," Speaker Alex Tyler vowed recently. Since then there has been bad blood between the senate and the House of Representatives with bitter exchanges with individual lawmakers expressing opinions on the 73 Million.

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Despite the bitterness FrontPageAfrica has learned that the Senate and the House of Representatives are currently holding meetings to jointly pass the 2014/2015 draft national budget with plans to consider the House proposal as a way to have them relax their planned investigation into the Neyor's Letter that revealed several sensitive issues.

According to information,President Sirleaf, who was exposed along with her son on how they used public funds to sponsor her re-election bid, has asked the Senate to relax their position on the 73 Million by holding discussions with their colleagues in the lower house to consider the 73 Million proposal in the draft national budget.

Sources have also disclosed that President Sirleaf is worried about the House of Representatives decision to investigate the Neyor's revelation, fearing that further disclosure could degenerate into something very serious that could claim national attention and compromised the security of the state.

President Sirleaf since the publication of the Neyor's Communication has made no public comments, but could be working very hard behind the scene to ensure that this matter is laid to rest to avoid future embarrassment. On Tuesday of last week the plenary of the House of Representatives sets up a special committee to investigate the recent revelation made Neyor against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her son Robert Sirleaf.

The committee members include the heads of the committees on Judiciary, Ways means and Finance, Good Governance, Lands Mines and Energy, Public accounts, investment and contract and Monopoly and they are to report to plenary in one week. The decision of the House to set up the special committee came as a result of a Communication written by Representatives Acarous Gray (CDC-District# 8 Montserrado County) and Thomas Fallah (CDC-District #5 Montserrado County.

The two lawmakers wrote plenary asking the body to invite Mr. Neyor and all those mentioned in the letter written by him to appear before the plenary of the House of Representatives to answer to question as to why the letter written by a former official of the government should not be taken seriously.

Amongst several things Representatives Gray and Fallah in their communication mentioned the issue of the Nigeria oil deal between the government of Liberia and Nigeria, where the GoL received oil to be used to support Liberia electrification projects that was personalized as alleged by Mr. Neyor. The august body is also to investigate information about government institutions giving millions of dollars to fund President Sirleaf re-election bid in 2011.

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