Citizens of Butaw community in Sione County, recently held elections of new officers to administrate its Community Development Fund with Golden Veroleum Liberia. Under the terms of the GVL Concession Agreement, Community Development Funds are to be formed in agreement with local communities.
In line with the provisions of Article 19 of the Community Right Law of 2009, the establishment of the CDF Committee is to institutionalize sustainable community financial management which will empower local communities engaged in social infrastructural and development.
According to a press release, the specific aims are to establish and institutionalize a joint GVL-Community Development Fund Committee in accordance with the GVL Concession Agreement; to control manage and administer the community development fund, and select social infrastructural development projects such as education, health, roads as well as make financial policies and rules for its financial operatives in line with the concession agreement and international accounting standards.
Those elected include: Mr. Dennis Jabbah, Kao Chiefdom; Mr. Ralph Sayeh, Ceekloh Chiefdom; Mr. James Julue, Chu-chu Chiefdom; Mr. Philemon MacKay, Karbeh Chiefdom, and Mr. Benedict Manewah, Butaw District government, respectively.