As a means of fast-tracking development projects in Margibi County, residents there have apportioned the development fund in the 2018/2019 national budget to various sectors, the Liberia News Agency (LINA) has reported.
According to LINA Margibi County Correspondent, Richard Baysah, delegates at the just ended county sitting organized by the county legislative caucus under the leadership of district #4 Representative Ben Fofana decided through a resolution that the amount of US$232,666 be divided to benefit the five electoral districts, and other arrears of priority.
The 147 delegates resolved that each district gets US$15,000, US$23,000 for the Project Management Committee (PMC), which constitutes 10 percent of the total fund.
Additionally, the delegates agreed that an amount of US$17,500 goes towards outstanding debts owed by the county during the previous county meet, and US$25,000 for the upcoming 2018/2019 county meet.
An amount of US$7,166 was also allotted to the office of the superintendent for “emergency operations.”
Earlier, the secretary of the Legislative Caucus Margibi County District #2 Representative, Ivar K. Jones, informed the delegates that the county was heavily indebted to the tone of US$27,500 during the County Sitting.
Rep Jones also said that there was an amount of US$450,000 left in the county’s account. He named series of challenging issues within various districts including scholarships and the incomplete Unification Town (Smell-No-Taste) project.
He informed the delegates that an amount of US$207,666 was allotted in the National Budget as County Development Fund, and US$25,000 for Social Development Fund, totaling US$232,666 for the county.
Margibi Superintendent Jerry Varnie also told the delegates that he inherited a zero balance account when he took over the County early this year. He said that his administration has initiated an audit of the past administration, noting that there were several projects funded by the CDF, which are yet to be completed.
He named the Unification Town Hall project, the BWI multipurpose projects yet to be completed even though funds were given to contractors.
Varnie has meanwhile called for collective efforts in speeding up developments in the county.
In a related development, Rep. Fofana, who chairs the County Legislative Caucus commended the delegates for a peaceful and successful sitting. He added that other outstanding issues will be addressed in subsequent County Sitting.
Moreover some of the delegates overwhelmingly elected Thomason M. Nanah, as chairman of the Project Management Committee (PMC), while Baysah Kollie, and Nah A. Daniel were elected on white ballots as Comptroller and Treasure respectively.