Speaker Tyler Vouches for ‘District Impact Projects’
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, Jan 13 (LINA) - The Speaker of the House of Representatives Alexander Tyler has proposed the placement of US$73,000,000 in the 2014/2015 National Budget for "direct district impact projects".
Speaker Tyler noted that the proposed budgetary allocation is separate and distinct from the County Development Fund, saying this is one of the ways much needed development can reach and impact the lives of rural dwellers.
He made the proposal Monday during programs marking the formal opening of the 3rd Session of the 53rd National Legislature held in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
Tyler asked the approval of the Plenary of the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate’s concurrence of the proposal.
The House Speaker lamented the lack of development in certain parts of the country, citing a major town like Gboe-Ploe Administrative District in Lower Grand Gedeh County, which he said has never had a motor.
Tyler said the House of Representatives will employ diligence and energy during this sitting to ensure that each project for which US$5 million was appropriated in the 2013/2014 National Budget is implemented.
Tyler explained that the money was set aside for “district direct impact projects” to be implemented through the Executive Branch for the benefit of rural dwellers, adding that the projects are essential to the welfare of the people.
He assured that the House of Representatives is prepared to work with the Executive Branch and the Senate to ensure scrupulous implementation of the remaining half of Fiscal Year 2013/2014.