Nimba County Superintendent Fong G. Zuaglay has proposed an emergency County Council Sitting for 13 August in Sanniquellie City. The emergency sitting will re-adjust the US$4 million budget planned during the February 2015 council sitting.
Central government has cut down the budget by 1.9 million due to national economic slowdown. Superintendent Zuaglay told reporters Wednesday, 3 August in an interview on Radio Nimba the US$1.9 million is far below the projection made for the county.
He said the cut will directly affect developmental challenges in Nimba, adding that when the emergency sitting is agreed upon by the Nimba Legislative Caucus, serious adjustment will be made to fit within the 1.9 million approved by the central government.
According to Superintendent Zuaglay, it would be prudent for the people of Nimba once again to converge to discuss and regulate which projects should be given priority in the county in the face of numerous and competing demands.
He however indicated that roads remain the top priority in the county. Meanwhile, 19 midwives and 15 town chiefs in Nimba have participated in an infant mortality and psychosocial support training.
The training was organized by the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The training held separately at the Red Cross Guest House and the Nimba Youth Center in Sanniquellie Tuesday brought together chiefs and midwives from Bain-Garr and Sanniquellie-Mah Districts, respectively.
The Field Officer for the Red Cross Nimba County Chapter, Madam Mary-ann Swope said the training discouraged home delivery by pregnant women to avoid health complications. Speaking to The NewDawn on Wednesday, 3 August Madam Swope urged traditional midwives and chiefs to quickly refer pregnant women to the nearest clinic or hospital when the pregnancy has reached eight months to ensure safe delivery.