Nimba County District #9 Rep. Larry P. Younquoi has requested the appearance of Finance Minister Samuel Tweah and Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo Information Services (LISGIS) Director General Francis F. Wreh to provide update to avoid delay in conducting census this year.
Rep. Younquoi pleaded with the House of Representatives last week to invite the officials along with LISGIS Board Chairman, recalling that the Legislature has already taken enough steps to ensure a successful holding of census this year.
Younquoi remarks that an appropriation of US$3,000,000 was made as government’s initial contribution to the counterpart funding that is needed for the project.
According to him, development partners are to raise a large [amount] of the overall budget in excess of US$19,000,000.
In respect to the 2019 census, Rep. Younquoi laments that it is appalling to note that up to date not a cent out of the appropriated amount in the 2018/2019 fiscal budget has been remitted into special account for the census.
Meanwhile, the plenary of the House of Representatives has forwarded Younquoi’s communication to the committee on Ways, Means and Finance to report in one week.
But the proceedings did not go down well with Montserrado County Rep. Adolph Lawrence, as he walked out of session in protest against House Speaker Bhofal Chambers’ alleged habit of always protecting government ministers whenever they are invited.
By Bridgett Milton –Edited by Winston W. Parley