A high powered delegation of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) headed by its director of Mission, Anthony Chan, has held discussions with the President Pro-tempore of the Senate, Armah Zolu Jallah, aimed at structuring the central administration and financial management system of the Senate.
The discussion, which was held at Pro Temp Jallah’s Capitol Building office, was also attended by Senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and Morris Saytumah of Grand Bassa and Bomi counties.
Both Senators Lawrence and Saytumah reechoed the need for USAID to help strengthen the Senate’s financial management system.
The meeting, which was described as “fruitful,” is expected to greatly improve the Senate’s financial system that will include tracking and networking in the preparation and execution of the budget, and will also enhance the work of the Legislative Budget Office (LBO).
“The meeting was fruitful especially with the presence of Mr. Chan, and basically it is noteworthy that the leadership of the Senate will like to see major transformation in the accounting of the Senate,” the Pro Tempore said.
He further disclosed that the USAID delegation accepted the request and jotted lots of information, which will form the basis of the financial structuring of the central administration and financial management system of the Senate.
“The initiative is important for the Senate especially, because it will holistically and prudently structure our financial management system and make and make it more robust, accountable and effective in its core operation; and we are happy with their response to improve our system,” Senator Jallah said.
Mr. Chan promised that the Senate’s request will be highly considered to ensure an improved financial system at the Legislature.
Notably, the USAID-Senate financial structuring support will incorporate employees of the LBO, who will be trained to discreetly execute the Senate’s budget in a timely manner.
Meanwhile, Sen. Jallah has appointed Senator Lawrence to coordinate with the USAID officials to actualize the financial management structuring of the Senate to reflect accountability.