Nimba County District #5 Rep. Samuel G. Kogar is suggesting that each spending entity for which appropriations have been made in the budget submits a quarterly budget performance report to the Legislature with explanatory notes of the quantitative and qualitative results for spending the appropriation provided.
Citing Section 7 (a) of the 2009 Public Financial Management Law, Rep. Korgar stated on Wednesday, 15 August on Capitol Hill that “Each spending entity for which appropriations have been made in this budget shall submit a quarterly budget performance report to the House of Representatives and Senate.”
According to Rep. Korgar, explanatory notes of the quantitative and qualitative results for spending the appropriation provided are due within 15 days after the end of each quarter.
He says in an official communication to the Speaker of the House of Representatives that the refusal of spending entities to abide by the 2009 Public Financial Management Law of Liberia is something that representatives need to look at with seriousness.
The Nimba lawmaker indicates that the spending entities have not abided by Section 7 (a) of the 2009 Public Financial Management Law, noting that it is a total disrespect and violation of the laws of the land.
He says he has observed that more than five budget quarters have passed with no budget performance report from spending entities as required by law.
He points out that among all the spending institutions, only the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has been very much in compliance with the Public Financial Management provision.
The communication from the Nimba lawmaker captured the attention of other members of the House of Representatives.Representative Clarence Massaquoi of Lofa County says “Liberians are taking us for granted because we are not sometime closing our eyes on some of the things”.
He stresses that it is important for those institutions that are receiving money through the budget to make their reports as it is written in the law.After deliberation on the issue, the plenary of the House unanimously agreed that communication be served to spending institutions, mandating them to provide their quarterly reports since taking over those institutions.
By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley