Education and roads appear to be President George Manneh Weah’s high priorities in recast budget for 2018 submitted to the House of Representatives for possible passage.
Speaking to the NewDawn newspaper Saturday, 10 March at the Capitol, the Chairman of the Legislative Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget Reo. Thomas Fallah said the budget targets education and road projects here.
He says a total allotment for the budget for the remaining four months is about US$181 million with the two sectors capturing hugely. Rep. Fallah says the budget captures the active maintenance of the road from Nimba to Grand Gedeh Counties during the rainy season and payment of [West African Senior Schools Certificate Examination Council] fees for all 9th and 12th grade students that are due to sit the 2018 exams.
The recast of the 2017/2018 would give way to the submission of the 2018/2019 Budget which according to the Public Financial Management Law, the Executive is expected submit on April 30.
The 2017/2018 Fiscal Budget will elapse on 30 June, while the 2018/2019 Budget will begin on July 1, 2018 and end on June 30, next year. The 2017/2018 Fiscal Budget in the amount of US$563.6 million, as submitted by the Legislature, has become law following its approval and printing into handbills by former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley