Need as Opposed to Greed

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Mr. Editor

What can possibly be the rationale of the National Legislature of Liberia to debate for an increment in the budgetary allotment for the County Development Fund (CDF) when enough is already known to prove that funds allocated for the CDF in bygone years to embellish the lives of poor Liberians were instead embezzled or misappropriated by greedy and corrupt government officials?

It is therefore prudent that the legislators call off the current debate on the proposed bill to allot 15% of the national budget to the CDF, and divert their attention to putting into place the appropriate mechanisms that would ensure that funds allocated for the CDF are effectively managed?

I could not agree more with Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh’s assertion in the story captioned” Honest Management, Not Money, Is the Answer: Dr. Tipoteh” (Published on Page 9 of the Daily Observer’s Thursday, January 16, 2014 edition) that “honest management rather than money is what is really needed to improve the living conditions of poor people in the districts.”

While there are justifiable reasons for an increment in the CDF, there are also mounting concerns that such an increment would greatly benefit gluttonous and visionless government officials rather the local people themselves.

Let me close by firmly suggesting that the bill to increase budgetary allotment to the CDF be vetoed by President Sirleaf — that is if it passes through the Senate — and reintroduced only at such time when it can be proven beyond all reasonable doubts that funds allocated for the CDF are affectively and efficiently managed for the great benefit of all Liberians.

Remember the assertion of Mahatma Gandhi: “On this earth there is enough for everyone’s need but not for their greed.”

Jahbulleh C. Dempster

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