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Nimba delegates voice frustrations

Several delegates, including citizens from a three-day county sitting in Sanniquellie, Nimba County are frustrated over relegation of important development programs including Education, Agriculture, Community Watch Forum, Youths and Women Empowerment at this year’s sitting.

Some of them explain to the New Dawn that in the past, money had been placed in the budget for development but they are yet to see impacts of such appropriation.

At the 2018 County Sitting, the delegates say they were informed that national government had allotted over US$3 Million for the county.

Huge portion of the amount is being reportedly spent on hiring private security firm to protect the administrative compound in Sanniquellie and the county scraps in Yekepa, respectively.

This year’s sitting focuses on roads construction, community development, scholarships, and institutional support, among others.

Superintendent Dorr Cooper was unable to give prepared account of funds he received during his administration.

In a PowerPoint presentation at the gathering, he narrates that he met US$1,000 in the county’s account.

After his presentation, delegates expressed disappointment in the report and declare vote of no confidence in Superintendent Cooper.

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Mr. Darius Dan-Wehyee, head for a civil society organization, Ear for the Massive describes superintendent cooper’s report as fake on grounds that Nimba has not been able to go for sitting in the past three years, and the superintendent, who has been on community radio stations, calling for a sitting would give such a very poor report.

Superintendent Cooper’s report mentions several projects, including Karn Bridge, schools and roads, among others, but these projects were not captured in the county projects implementation committee report.

The most talked about Karn Bridge that the Superintendent has been boasting of was rejected by the citizens.

Delegates and citizens left the annual gathering very downhearted because they have not seen impacts of social and county development funds allotted.

By Thomas Domah/Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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