November 14, 2022

House Summons Finance Minister For Delay in Payment’ of County Social Development Funds

The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Finance & Development Planning, Samuel Tweah to address himself to issue relative to Grand Bassa County Social Development funds.

The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Finance & Development Planning, Samuel Tweah to address himself to issue relative to Grand Bassa County Social Development funds.

Plenary took the decision Tuesday, 25th October based on a communication from Grand Bassa County Representative Hans Barchue.

In a communication addressed to House Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers, Representative Barchue Bassa Caucus on behalf of the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus, filed a formal complaint against the Minister of Finance and his Leadership for their alleged blatant refusal to pay Grand Bassa County its legitimate Social Development Funds.

He noted that in keeping with the MDA agreement between the Government of Liberia (GOL) and Arcelor Mittal Liberia (AML), Arcelor Mittal is required to pay Grand Bassa County the sum of One Million United This amount is used for States Dollar (US$1,000,000) annually as Social Development Fund.

Developmental Projects and Social Services for the People of Grand Bassa County. According to him, due to the financial constraints of the Government of Liberia, the GOL has been unable to undertake many Development Projects and Social Services in our County.

He pointed out that the County depends on the Social Development Funds to undertake many needed Developmental and Social Services for our people; hence the failure of the Ministry of Finance to release the funds to the Count has placed the entire Leadership of the County in great peril.

Representative Barchue informed his colleagues that AML has remitted said amount to the Ministry of Finance Development Planning since June of this year.

Meanwhile, the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus has requested Plenary to invite the Minister of Finance and his Expenditure Officials to explain to this August Body why the Ministry has failed/refused to disburse the Social Development Fund to our County; especially when the Budget Year is about to lapse.

A motion proffered by Margibi County Electoral District#2 Representative Ivar Jones was enough to have the Finance Minister and expenditure officials appear in open session on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.

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