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Rep. Younquoi seeks funding for Africa Parliamentary Forum

Nimba County district #8 Larry Younquoi has requested his colleaguesat the Lower House to make appropriate budgetary allotment in the2017/2018 Fiscal Budget and subsequent fiscal budgets to aid the smooth running of Africa Parliamentary Forum on Population andDevelopment.

On Tuesday, 14 February the Nimba County Lawmaker, who represents theLiberian Legislature as interim leader at the Africa ParliamentaryForum recommended that theHouse carries out relevant institutional reform by formalizing theexistence of the Forum.

He suggested that there be anamendment of the House’s rule by making it mandatory for chairpersonsof the Committees of Health, Gender, Children and Social Protection;Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning; and Youth and otherrelated committees to automatically form an integral part of theForum.
Rep. Younquoisaid since he took over the interim leadership of the Forum,Liberia has made tremendous strides such as adequately representingthe country, though he noted the committee lacks funds to workwith.

He had complained of lack of funds to augment travel expenses of Forummembers, a situation that he says has significantly contributed to theslow pace of work. He suggested that the committee needs to have regular meetings withrelevant committee heads in both the House of Representative and theSenate to have them form part of the Forum. Rep. Younquoi says hewants the committee heads to effectively play their roles inmobilizing other lawmakers to the cause of the Forum.

By Bridgett Milton-Editing by Winston W. Parley

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