President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar M. Findley
Senate To Decide On US$20m Ebola Fund Thursday
By Winnie T. Dixon (Intern)
MONROVIA, August 13 (LINA) - The Liberian Senate has mandated its Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Health to advise Plenary by Thursday, August 15, on the senate’s position on the US$ 20 million emergency funding to combat the Ebola virus.
The Senate had earlier received a communication from the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence on endorsing the funding.
In the communication, dated August 12 and read before members of the Liberian Senate Tuesday, the House of Representatives informed the Senate of its decision to endorse the proposed US$20 million to be used in the fight against the deadly Ebola disease that has claimed the lives of many Liberians.
The communication also quotes the House of Representatives as saying that giving the extreme and severe threat posed by the disease in Liberia, the Lower House has deemed it necessary to agree that the Executive Branch expends such amount.
The document further stated that the amount is an emergency fund and that the Legislature is depending on the Executive to properly utilize the fund for the designated purpose.
Meanwhile, in an effort to ensure transparency and accountability, the Liberian Senate has decided that the list of contributing donors, as well as the amounts donated to aid in the Ebola fight be published in local dailies on a weekly basis.