Senator Sumo Kupee
Senate Concurs with House On Ebola US$20m Funding
By Winnie Dixon (Intern)
MONROVIA, August 14 (LINA) – The Liberian Senate has concurred with the House of Representatives on the US$20 million emergency funding to combat the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
The Senators, however, want County Legislative Caucuses to be represented on the Taskforce that will account for expenditure of the emergency funding.
The Senate had earlier mandated its Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Health to advise it on the way forward in dealing with proposed expenditure since the decision was being taken in the absence of the passage of the budget for fiscal year 2014/2015.
Following the oral report of the committee on Thursday by its Chairman, Sumo Kupee, the Senate said its decision for county caucuses to form part of the taskforce is to ensure that every trace of the virus in difficult-to-reach zones across the country are taken care of in a timely and proper manner.
They further argued that even though the executive erred by failing to present the action plan and estimated expenditure of the taskforce, it would still work in the interest of the people, since the virus transcends politics and individual standings.
The committee in its report reminded the Senate that the country is not in ordinary times, but finds itself at an emergency health bridge, and things must be done speedily to save the lives of many, before the spread of the disease escalates.
According to the committee, it was about time that everyone made sacrifices for the good of society, in order to kick the deadly disease out of their land, because more persons are getting affected and dying every day.
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives forwarded to the Senate for concurrence its endorsement of US$20 million as emergency funding for the fight against Ebola.