The Inquirer (Monrovia)

1 July 2014

Liberia: Serious Budgetary Crisis At FLY

The President of the Federation of Liberian Youths- FLY, Augustine S. M. Tamba, is calling on the current National Legislature to consider increment in this year's budget of the Umbrella Organization to avoid budgetary crisis.

According to Mr. Tamba, there can be never be efficiency in the absence of limited resources which he said is an important step to the running of any institution in a much proficient and effective manner.

Speaking to the INQUIRER, the FLY boss stated that at present, FLY has obtained a budget of USD95, 000, 00 for this year, reducing it from the previous USD150, 000, 00 which he said was the previous budget that the Organization operated on.

He stated further that the current reduction has brought a great setback to the organization in the areas of operation, where he said most of the activities earmarked for this year might have achieved its objectives.

Mr. Tamba said although, the Federation of the Liberian Youths sees the current budget as a drop in a bucket, it has further engaged in drafting projects that will help sponsor some of those projects that FLY has embarked on.

He said FLY has submitted projects to some partner organizations for the smooth running of some its problems. According to him, in spite of waiting for the National Legislature to reconsider its decision to augmenting its budget, it will remain steadfast engaging donor partners and organizations in the drive to improving its work for several young people of Liberia.

Meanwhile, Mr. Augustine S.M. Tamba has criticized certain aspects of the FLY's Constitution, considering it as bias and very contradictory. He named Article 6 and Article 14 as some of the controversial issues that the Constitution carries.

He stated further that in Article 6 of the Federation of Liberian Youths- FLY, Associate Members are not mandated to nominate any candidate to vote for office, but said, Article 14 of that constitution contrarily gives rights to Associate Members to make nominations, something he disagreed with seriously.

However, the FLY boss has vowed to do everything in his reach to set the records straight by at least settling some of that Constitutional crisis within the Organization and subsequently formulate a National Policy that will drive FLY the way forward.

He spoke at the end of a two-day Leadership Development in Paynesville outside Monrovia at the Thinker's Village Hotel.1:25 PM 6/30/2014

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