Delegates from across Bong County have concluded a meeting to decide the appropriations of development funds for the county.The council is the highest decision-making body of the county, where stakeholders of the county converge to discuss appropriations of funds destined for the county.
They have made appropriations based on expected income from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in the tune of 1,999,750.08.
Meetings for the previous three years never took place after delays and the lack of funds.The County sitting brought together eight of Bong County’s nine lawmakers and commissioners, including over hundred delegates, eminent citizens and media observers.
At the sitting, the previous county administration that served the Unity Party (UP) led – government submitted debts owed contractors in an amount of 2, 577, 0843 .33 to the current county administration under the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) -led government.
The Bong County Administration has submitted to the delegates an expected income of US$1,999,750.08 from the Finance Ministry.It was followed by the submission of development proposals by delegates to the Council Sitting for consideration and subsequent adoptions to form part of the development packages for the fiscal year 2018/2019 in accordance with Budget Law of Liberia.
At the County Sitting, US$50,000 was allotted for the renovation of the Superintendent Compound, and 46,000 for Bong County administrative expenses, US$75,870 for the Project Management Committee operational budget and 15,000 allotted for all community radio stations in the County.
Others include 65,000 for the Bong County Technical College operational funds; US$75,000 for support to Bong County Sports Team; re-activation of Madam Suakoko Scholarship, US$100,000; Disabled Community, US$10,000; Bong County Library project, 75,000; and US$ 60,000 for Drugs support to CB Dumbar Maternity Hospital, among others.
At the end of the sitting, the Chairman of the Bong County Legislative Caucus Senator Henry Willie Yallah extended commendations to the delegates for taking their time to decide major developments of the County.Sen. Yallah admonished the Project Management Committee to be robust in making sure that allotted monies are used for their intended purposes.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley