The plenary is the highest decision making body of the House of Representatives. The National Budget in the tone of US$535,000,000 is currently before the Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning of the National Legislature for scrutiny before passage.
Grand Kru County Electoral District # 2 Representative, J. Fonati Koffa, in a recent communication submitted to the House’s Plenary, indicated that he will be prepared to vote for the passage of the 2020/2021 Fiscal Budget if his colleagues accept his amendment to be included in the budget before passage.
In his amendment, Rep. Koffa is seeking an allocation of US$150,000 to renovate the Sasstown High School.
He indicated in the communication that since the school was built in 1982, it has not been renovated and has had its maintenance budget severely reduced, adding: “This amount is necessary to prevent collapse of the already deteriorating structure and enable hundreds of students to have access to quality education”.
The Grand Kru lawmaker told reporters that there was need for an allocation of US$150,000 for Barclayville Central High School which, he said, was constructed around the same time as Sasstown High School and therefore also needs to be renovated.
He also noted that the school plays host to the Grand Kru Vocational and Technical College.
Meanwhile, Representative Koffa is seeking an allocation of US$100,000 for the Rally Time Hospital, the county’s only referral hospital which is currently being renovated by a German NGO.
According to him, the county health team will need US$100, 000 for equipment to buttress the renovation.
Additionally, the Grand Kru District # 2 lawmaker wants an allotment of US$100,000 to purchase of equipment for the Domo Nimene Hospital in Sasstown which, he noted, is the primary hospital serving new mothers and infants.
In his final request to Plenary, Representative Koffa is seeking the indulgence of his colleagues for the allocation of US$90,000 for the rehabilitation of the Nyankopo road.
The 24-kilometer road, he indicated, serves the district seat of the six statutory districts in Electoral District #2, noting, “This road serves a major section of the population in Bolloh District and has become impassable, resulting to an increase in the cost of goods and services for an already impoverished population.
He expressed fear that as the national census approaches, “thousands of citizens could be left out because the census enumerators would not be able to reach them”.
He further indicated that most recent developments in the county occurred through Presidential initiatives, personal projects sponsored by lawmakers, or projects undertaken by non-governmental organizations.
“Under increasingly stark realities that a lawmaker’s salary is not the panacea for rural development, we come to this august body seeking its assistance in ensuring that portions of the parts of Liberia you do not see get their a share of the National pie,” he stressed.
Cllr. Koffa concluded by reminding his colleagues of Article 7 of the Constitution of Liberia, which states: “The republic shall, consistent with the principles of individual freedom and social justice enshrined in this constitution, manage the national economy and the natural resources of Liberia in such manner as shall ensure the maximum feasible participation of Liberian citizens under conditions of equality so as to advance the general welfare of the Liberian people and the economic development of Liberia.”