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Margibi apportions development funds

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As a mean of fast-tracking development projects in Margibi County, the people of Margib have apportioned development fund to various sectors of the county.

Delegates at the just ended County Sitting organized by the County Legislative Caucus under the leadership of District Number Four Representative Ben Fofana, resolved through a resolution that the amount of US$ 232,666 be divided to benefit all five electoral districts, and other areas of priority.

The 147 delegates resolved that an amount of US$15,000 for each district, US$ 23,000 for the Project Management Committee (PMC), which constitutes 10 percent of the total fund.

Additionally, they agreed that an amount of US$27,500 goes towards outstanding debts owed by the county during the previous county meet, and US$25,000 for the impending 2018/ 2019 County Meet.

An amount of US$7,166 was also allotted to the office of the Superintendent for emergency operations.Earlier, the Secretary of the Legislative Caucus Margibi County District # 2 Representative, Ivar K. Jones informed the delegates that the County was heavily indebted in the amount of US$27,500 during the previous county meet.

Rep. Jones also notes that there was an amount of US$50,000 left from the county’s account.He names series of challenges in various districts, including scholarships, concession disputes, such as Firestone Plantation, the incomplete Unification Town project, among others.

He discloses that an amount of US$207,666 was allotted in the National Budget as County Development Fund, and US$25,000 for Social Development Fund, totaling US$ 232,666.00 for the entire Margib.

Margibi County Superintendent Jerry Varnie says he inherited a zero balance account from predecessor Piah.Varnie however says his administration has initiated an audit of the past administration, noting that there were several projects funded by the CDF which are yet to be completed.

He names the Unification Town Hall project, the BWI multipurpose project, as some of the projects yet to be completed though funds were disbursed to contractors.Superintendent Varnie at the same time calls for collective efforts in speeding up development in the County.

County Caucus chairman Rep. Ben Fofana commends the delegates for a peaceful and successful sitting, adding that other outstanding issues will be addressed in subsequent sitting.

At the same time, delegates at the just ended county sitting overwhelmingly elected Mr. Thompson M. Nanah as Chairman of the Project Management Committee, while Baysah Kollie and Nah A. Daniel were elected on white ballots as Controller and Treasurer, respectively.

By Bridgett Milton–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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