President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has submitted to the National Legislature for enactment into law, “The National Road Fund Act of 2016.”
According to the President’s letter to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, the bill when passed into law will facilitate an organized, sustainable system for road and bridge maintenance.
“It allows for the direct methodical planning, programming and management of activities related to maintenance of our roads and bridges,” President Sirleaf stated in her letter.
The President said the bill would also set the framework for governance and oversight of the road fund, including the approval process for the Annual Road Maintenance Expenditure Program, which will be compiled from projects submitted by organizations authorized to undertake road and bridge works across the country.
“Regular systematic, routine and periodic maintenance of roads and bridges will improve mobility within the country, boost economic growth, enable better management of budgetary allotments for road and bridge maintenance, and help ensure that these assets are sustained,” the President wrote.
She added: “In view of the above, I request your kind and timely consideration to enact into law the National Road Fund Act 2016.”
Meanwhile, the House plenary has unanimously agreed to forward the National Road Fund Act 2016 to the Committees on Public Works, Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and the Judiciary and report to plenary within three weeks, including circulating copies to each of the 73 Representatives.