House Speaker J. Alex Tyler has proposed US$73 million to be placed in the 2014/2015 National Budget for direct district impact projects across the country.
According to Speaker Tyler, the intent is to fund roads, schools, clinics and other meaningful projects at local government levels in order to foster developmental activities in rural areas.
Addressing the opening session of the 3rd sitting of the 53rd National Legislature, the House Speaker pleaded with his colleagues both in the chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate to see the need to allot such critical resources to the 73 electoral districts.
“This is separate and distinct from the County Development (CDF) Fund. This is one of the ways we believe that much needed development resources can be decentralized,” said Mr. Tyler.
According to Speaker Tyler appropriating the necessary funding would tackle several challenges facing the interior parts of the country including, “deplorable roads and bridges, poor health facilities and schools lacking the most basic facilities, which can be found in most schools around the world.”
Previous budgets in which appropriations were made for infrastructure including schools, roads, and clinics have not been able to make significant impact on rural dwellers. From this point, appropriation for infrastructural spending shall be approved in ballpark figures ( an estimate arrived at by guesswork or conjecture); and, implementation of each project so identified, be clearly and specifically vetted on a project- by-project development basis and approved by the Legislature before final appropriation and implementation can be made.”
The Bomi County lawmaker highlighted the usage of US$5 million for direct district impact projects implemented by the Executive Branch as reflected in the 2013/2014 National Budget.
He maintained that the importance of said allotment benefits the people; “some of whom, I dare say, have never before in their entire lives, felt the influence of their government, going as far back as 1847, and the founding of the Republic.”
Speaker Tyler acknowledged the weakness of the Legislature in performing their Legislative oversight duties, but added that their 3rd sitting would be as robust as possible.