House summons Margibi Superintendent
By Bridgett Milton
The House of Representatives has summoned the Superintendent of Margibi County Jerry Varnie, ordering his appearance before its full plenary next week Tuesday, 1 March 2022.
Superintendent is ordered to give reason why he has denied the citizens of Margibi Electoral District #2 their share of the County Development Fund for the Fiscal Year 2020/2021.
He was summoned after communication was written to plenary by Margibi County District# 2 Representative Ivan K. Jones.
According to Representative Jones, in keeping with the Budget Law of the Fiscal Year 2020/2021, a resolution was derived on July 23, 2021, County Sitting, named and styled “July 23, 2021, County Solution” in which $18,000.00 USD was appropriated to each of the five Electoral Districts in Margibi County.
He said following the County Sitting, District #2 convened its District Sitting on August 14, 2021, and decided the usage of its share of the County Development Fund and reduced its decision into a resolution, named and styled District Two Development Council, Third District Sitting Resolution of August 14, 2021.
“Hon. Speaker, having followed all the procedures inclusive of the submission of the District Resolution and Request for Disbursement of Fund and Request for Project Implementation to the Office of the Superintendent, the Superintendent is yet to commence the realization of the people’s decision,” Jones complained.
He added that his office wrote follow-up communications, taking into consideration the expiration of the Fiscal Budget 2020/2021 on June 30, 2021, which sourced this fund.
But he said as of the date of his complaint to the House, the Superintendent is yet to respond to any of the requests or communications.
He said the people of District #2 of Margibi County want the money for development and the issue of safe drinking water is a major issue for his people.