Montserrado County Senator Saah Joseph has announced through the joint efforts of his friends and partners in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Liberians in Austria, ten containers of medical supplies and ambulances have been loaded and due in the country soon.
Speaking at a news conference in Monrovia Tuesday, 22 June in the chambers of the Liberian Senate, Senator Joseph said the donations from his partners and friends are intended to help the country combat the spread of the virus.
According to him, in order to bring the ten containers here, he’s expected to pay the amount of US$100,000 into the government’s coffers, which includes custom services, transportation, and port fees.
He narrated that he had already appealed to the leadership of the Liberian Senate to provide him with his total US$30,000 as stated in the national budget under the budget line of a legislative engagement or legislative project.
Already, the government has made available US$15,000 to every lawmaker, and his appeal is intended to allow him to get a balance of US$15,000 to be used to transport medical supplies to patients and health workers.
He noted that he will personally raise the remaining US$70,000 from his personal businesses operating here and parts of Africa to ensure that the amount is provided so as to save lives.
Senator Joseph encourages all Liberians to play safe because the virus is deadly and requires the collective efforts of every Liberian in order to win the battle against pandemics.
Commenting on the controversial US$15,000 recently provided by the government, the Senate’s Chairman on Executive said that the money is intended to be used directly by lawmakers and to be transferred to government agencies for legislative projects.