President Weah’s US$10.5M Supplementary Budget Likely to Encounter Hitches

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Sen. Abraham Darius Dillon

As the House of Representatives dominated by lawmakers of the ruling CDC has passed President George Weah’s US$10.5 million Supplementary Budget presented a few weeks ago and awaiting approval by the Senate, there is a likelihood that it may encounter hitches as Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon has begun scrutinizing it and point out some gaps that remain visible and confusing.

On his Facebook page where he often posts his views on legislative matters for the public, Senator Dillon recalled: “There are budget lines containing bulk figures for purchase of street lights, beds for public hospitals, arm-chairs for public schools etc.  These programs fall under the Public Sector Investment (PSI) segment of the budget, and we welcome the same.”

In his critical view as it relates to his oversight, Senator Dillon wrote further, “Consistent with our oversight function, and in the interest of transparency and accountability, we have requested from the Executive a detailed breakdown and listing of the number of arm-chairs, public street lights and hospital beds to be purchased before we can give our approval.”

In his post, the Montserrado County lawmaker, who won popular votes and was overwhelmingly elected in the December 8, 2020 senatorial election, stressed that President George Weah’s information about the use of the money in question should state the targeted public schools and hospitals across the counties that should be expected to benefit, and the counties that their streets will benefit from the street lights.

“The people must know that these services are provided from their TAXES and other national resources and not our personal donations,” Senator Dillon said. “The people must know the function and role of the Legislature and legislators is to ensure budgetary appropriations, pass the budget for the Executive to implement.”

In his comment, he said in a firm tone: “It is not the personal donation of any public official when the government provides these services to our people.”

When he submitted the supplementary budget, President Weah outlined the pavement of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) Highway; the production of chairs for public schools; the purchase and installation of transformers; extension of the street light project; and the purchase of hospital beds as areas where the budget will affect. 

However, the President’s budget proposal fell short of clarity on the specific areas that will benefit from purchases of beds and chairs.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Liberian Observer or Daily Observer, at times you conduct yourself no different from what Leymah Gbowee has said here in quotation.

    “The media is doing little to expose all of the ills in Liberian society, but instead some media practitioners and institutions have become the bark dog for politicians or those who are providing them financial rewards in society.

    “The media again has become a guard dog for the highest bidder, in most instances politicians will pay them to distort the truth, leading desperate citizens astray.”

    Here in the story above your are promoting a corrupt Darius Dillon who along with Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence sold their partys chairmanship for pickups and other personal gains to one of the most corrupt criminals in politics in Liberia Musa Bility.

    But it was this same Darius Dillon who says IN HIS ACTIONS OR DEEDS that there is nothing wrong with corruption. And you are here promoting him because he is able to rant such hypocritical ranting hypotheticals instead of him bringing out facts.

    This is the same corrupt Dillon who stole academic credentials to attend a government scholarship which he became drop out again from. Here is the same Dillon who in his corrupt and thievery mindset wants the justice ministry to wrongly withdraw a notification to the NEC regarding the disqualification of a convicted felon Brownie Samukai from sitting as a senator after stealing from widows and orphans.

    • Kou, that is the major problem we see with the fourth estate with regards to their tacit, and sometimes, blunt support and advocacy for corrupt individuals, simply because such people pose as opposition, as we have seen with the ex board of governors of the CBL, Brownie Samukai, etc. etc.!

      Journalists, vis a vis their support for the the likes of Darius Dillon, Nyonblee Kangar, the former board of governors of the CBL, and Brownie Samukai and his accomplices, are like a people saying to themselves, as Sir Winston Churchill quipped against people who appease evil and wrongs whom he said are silently saying… “ WE ARE FEEDING THE CROCODIELS, HOPING THEY WILL EAT US LAST AND NOT TOO SOON “!

      A typical example can be seen when Samukai was an incumbent. During such times, the Press wasted no opportunity in demonizing Samukai even more than the corrupt individual and criminal he is really.

      But today, because Samukai is not working within the EJS government and is posing as an opposition, the very journalists (eg. Rodney Sieh, FPA, John H.T. Stewart, Jr. Daily Observer, etc.) are in full defense and support for the very Samukai even after Brownie Samukai has been convicted as a criminal by the Criminal Court and such conviction upheld by the Supreme Court!

  2. The issue of whether the Lower House of the Liberian legislature is dominated by the CDC is insignificant. After all, CDC’s domination came about because the Liberian electorate made the decision at the polls. Also, by saying that the Lower House is dominated by the CDC, the author gives the impression that the 10.5-million dollar proposal to obtain some of the country’s most urgent needs went through without legislative opposition. But that’s not the case at all. The fact that hospitals in Liberia need beds is undeniable. Secondly, the Liberian public schools have a shortage of textbooks and armchairs. I have seen it firsthand!

    As important as it is for the proposal to sail through in order for beds, armchairs, streetlights and other essentials to be obtained, the issue should not be politicized. Unfortunately, Senator Dillon has taken a potshot already. Dillon ought to be ashamed of himself.

  3. I said , I haven’t seen any Liberian politician I can trust! I stand my ground, no one! They are all the same, Liars! All they all care about is personal gain and fame. Unfortunately, this is how politics works! In Liberia, politicians deceive the people wholesale all of the time, because they understand superficially how our folks reason. In a country where almost 80 % of the population is somewhat politically illiterate, it doesn’t take much “gravitational” effort to bring the people down to their knees (submit)!

    Dillon is all about himself, he doesn’t really care. In the short time I’ve followed his game, He’s backtracked on a number of issues (For example , he supposedly didn’t care about a fancy vehicle, Boy! look at the vehicle Dillon is rolling in right now). This goes to say, the people have been deceived once again!

  4. I said , I haven’t seen any Liberian politician I can trust! I stand my ground, no one! They are all the same, Liars! All they care about is personal gain and fame. Unfortunately, this is how politics works! In Liberia, politicians deceive the people wholesale all of the time, because they understand superficially how our folks reason. In a country where almost 80 % of the population is somewhat politically illiterate, it doesn’t take much “gravitational” effort to bring the people down to their knees (submit)!

    Dillon is all about himself, he doesn’t really care. In the short time I’ve followed his game, He’s backtracked on a number of issues (For example , he supposedly didn’t care about a fancy vehicle, Boy! look at the vehicle Dillon is rolling in right now). This goes to say, the people have been deceived once again!

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