With Series of District Sittings Ongoing
Despite the ongoing “missing or not missing L$16B financial saga” that has held the majority of Liberians’ attention, citizens of Nimba are busy putting their development agenda forward in a series of district sittings across the county.
About seven of the nine electoral districts in Nimba have had their sittings and have formulated development plans for the fiscal year.
In the County Council Sitting, held in Sanniquellie in late August and September, the county allotted US$50K as development package for each district and US$10K as financial aid for students.
With this proposed budget, every district is meeting in a community sitting to come up with their development plans in line with the budget.
In Nimba District #7, a development committee comprising of all institutions was instituted for its development agenda in order to look at key areas in need.
On September 23 and 24, District #7 embarked on constructing a US$40K clinic in Gbar Beypea and an annex to Gbanquio Public School in Wea & Gbehye, while US$10K is to be used as financial aid for students seeking higher education in various universities and colleges across Liberia.
District #7 comprises of two administrative districts, including Zoe Gbao and Wee Gbehye, and is represented by Representative Roger Domah.
District #8 met in its County Council Sitting in Flumpa on September 27, 2018 and agreed to construct a modern market building in Karnwee, near Saclapea, which will cost about US$25K. A junior high school will also be constructed in one of the towns in the Meinpea Mah Administrative District (Lao and Zahn chiefdom) as well as a chief compound, among others.
District #8 is represented in the Legislature by Representative Larry P. Younquoi, who presided over the District Council Sitting. The district was one of the most heavily contested districts in the last election, when the Supreme Court came up with the final verdict in favor of Younquoi. The district is also receiving about 10% of money for the affected communities, which is about US$26K. It is believed that some money will go for feeder road projects in the district.
District #9 comprising Doe, Gbei and Doru and Yarwin Messononh administrative districts, met in Zekepa on September 29, 2018 and finalized to construct a bridge worth US$50K, to connect two of the districts as a means of easing referrals to Tappita Hospital from Zekepa and its surroundings.
Yarwin Messonoh and District #9 is faced with road connectivity, something the District Council decided to embark on in order to create a road network before focusing on other areas.
District #1, which comprises Ganta, embarked on water and sanitation as well as rehabilitation of schools, with a key priority placed on road connectivity in the district and Ganta. Although the County Council Sitting was held in the absence of Representative Jeremiah Koung, it was well coordinated by his office staff and local chiefs and elders.
District #4 held the County Council Sitting in Garplay Town, while in Tweh River Administrative District Representative Gunpue Kargon embarked on the construction of a clinic in Gbor Administrative District, which will cost about US$30K, and a market building in Soe Kpeaplay in Tweh River.
Feeder road rehabilitation was also high on the agenda, and several stretches of road were identified for rehabilitation.
District #3 was the first to hold its sitting on September 21, 2018 but is yet to make public what it plans to do within the budget year. The district comprised of Gbehlay Geh and Yarmin administrative districts, represented by Joseph Sonwabi. Currently, Representative Sonwabi is in the United States along with Rep. Roger Domah.
Districts #2, 5 and 6 are yet to have their sittings, while the time set aside by the Nimba Project Management Community is said to have almost expired.
Nearly all the districts constituted a local committee known as “Project Management Team,” to supersede the affairs of the development of their respective districts and make a report to the council next year.
The scholarship allotment made for each district remains as it is for every district sitting and the committee was set up to manage it and ensure that every student benefit from it.
There have been good responses from across the county over the ongoing district sittings, where citizens can make a decision on the development of their respective districts.
During the 53rd Legislative Assembly, there was no district sitting held to discuss the Legislative Support Fund, an annual budget of US$72K allotted to every lawmaker to carry on development in his/her district.