The President of the Salala Agriculture Workers Union or SAWU Mr. Anthony O. Moses is recommending to Government to establish project management committees or PMCs to ensure district projects, especially in the educational sector are properly managed.
According to him, these PMCs should be established in various districts across the country instead of Lawmakers themselves handling funds for developmental purposes. He made the statement recently when he spoke to reporters on the main campus of the Weala Public School where he had gone to proxy for Margibi District Number Four Lawmaker as keynote speaker at the School of Christ graduation ceremony.
“…There should be projects management committees in the various districts to manage the funds, but if [they are] managed by the legislators directly, some time we have problem. The problem we have is that they are not questionable when it comes to these issues. Sometimes you question them, it becomes problem so it is good that we have a project management committee that will be responsible to manage projects in the country and that will be very fine for us especially our educational system”, Mr. Moses explained.
He said many of the lawmakers do not properly manage funding received for their districts, adding that for everywhere, many of the projects are disjointed, glaring and some are even referred to as fixed projects but they are not durable.
He noted that when PMCs are put into place by government, educational projects will be well catered for and some improvements will be made in the sector. Mr. Moses stressed that PMCs responsible for funds will be held accountable and transparency will be in the sector.
The SAWU President, who is also a representative hopeful in Margibi District Five, added that there are PMCs in the counties but they are being stage-managed. He told reporters that he does not believe that the educational sector is a mess as once stated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, but believes that there are problems in the sector caused by the lack of certain things that are not in place. Editing by Jonathan Browne