With much of the trumpeted promises of the Pro-Poor Agenda hinging on the budget, the House of Representatives passed the much awaited financial document for the fiscal year 2018/2019 in the tune of $570,148.000.00 United States Dollars on Tuesday June 26, 2018.
The passage of the budget which is the first for the George Weah led government will test the commitment of the government to its Pro-Poor Agenda that matching words with deeds.
A report from the joint budget committee on Ways, Means and Finance and Development Planning and Public Accounts Committees says as per plenary’s mandate, the committee conducted a vigorous and through scrutiny of the draft National Budget by ensuring a comprehensive and participatory review of both revenue and expenditure components of the draft budget.
The committee states that the review and scrutiny processes involved the Legislature, the Ministry of Finance, line ministries and agencies, civil society and members of the public.
According to the Chairman of the committee, Thomas P. Fallah, the review and validation processes identified eight millions United States Dollars (US$8M) additional and encumbered revenue.
He says the Budget is passed at a total revenue envelope of US $570,148,000.00 or its equivalent of LD$84,333,327,390.40 at an average exchange of L$147.9148 to US$1.00 for FY 2018 /2019.
Meanwhile, a motion was made by Montserrado County District #8 Rep. Accarus M. Gray for the budget to be passed and sent to the Senate for concurrence.
One Representative abstained from the voting, but 52 voted in favor of the motion, thus allowing the passage at the House of Representatives.
Montserrado County District #10 Rep. Yekeh Y. Kolubah told reporters that he abstained from the voting because he had some dissatisfaction and he raised his hand, but he was not recognized by House Speaker Bhofal Chambers.
By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley