The Liberian Senate on its last day sitting before the Easter Break, yesterday received a letter from Senate Pro Tempore Emeritus Arma Zolu Jallah seeking the Senate’s approval on an annual basis, US$50 million appropriation in the national budget over a period of fifteen (15) consecutive years for roads.
According to the Gbarpolu County Senator, who now chairs the Senate Committee on Public Works, the purpose of the budget is for the pavement of highway systems, freeways, major and minor highways and primary streets, among others.
Senator Jallah, who regularly assists his kinsmen in the operation of yellow machines on his county’s feeder roads, recalled that “This road finance and trust fund proposal was made during my early years as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, but was never considered by this honorable body.”
Notwithstanding the facts that roads make a critical contribution to the economic development and growth of a nation and result in important social benefits, Senator Jallah noted that it has “made it a compelling need for me to resubmit this proposal. ”
The approval of the proposal, Senator Jallah’s letter, dated March 20, 2018, concluded, will attract and precipitate the migration of people to new environments “and will certainly boost local economies and facilitate infrastructure development. ”
A motion by Senator Conmany B. Wesseh was passed to send the letter to the committees on Public Works, and Ways, Means, Finance, and Budget.