Some members of the Legislature have revealed that they are victims of the County Development Funds (CDF) intended to implement development projects in their counties.
They made the disclosure on 6 May during a one-day multi-stakeholders dialogue organized by NAYMOTE – Partners for Democratic Development on the Theme: “The Significance of the Social Development Funds held at the Corina Hotel in Sinkor, Monrovia suburb.
Speaking during the dialogue, Montserrado’s Representatives Moma Briggs Mensah (District #6); C.B. Barshel (District #3) and Richard Koon (District #16), clarified that county development projects are not lawmakers’ projects, but the people’s projects.
They lamented that funds provided for these projects are provided by the Government of Liberia (GOL) that directly allots funds for the implementation of these projects in the various counties of Liberia.
According to these lawmakers, besides the County Development Funds, the Government also provides funding to underwrite the cost of provision of scholarship to deserving citizens of various counties.The lawmakers urge the need for accountability for the purpose of check and balance when these funds are provided.
According to them, there are instances where money allotted as Social Development Fund from concessions operating in their counties not allegedly being transferred through the Ministry of Finance for projects implementation.
The Montserrado lamakers observe that since the inception of the CDF and SDF, government grows but the allotments for County Social Development projects remain the same.
As such, they lawmakers say they want County and Social Development funds to grow along with the National Budget to ensure full implementation of development projects in the counties.
NAYMOTE Program Director Aaron Weah-Weah, III, says the draft Stand-Alone Bill sponsored by Representative Larry Nyenquoi seeks to ensure that people being recruited to manage the Project Management Committee (PMC) in various counties are people with technical skills, knowledge and backgrounds.He says when the amendment is made in the bill, county superintendents will be answerable to their counties legislative caucus.
In a related development, some participants said that they want political influence to be noted to ensure that development projects undertaken by outgoing lawmakers are directly turned over to avoid unnecessary delay of projects presentation to the people.By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley