President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Sirleaf Seeks Additional Ebola Funds
By Winnie Dixon
MONROVIA, September 26 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on the Liberian Senate to mobilize and secure more resources for the fight against Ebola as the US$20million endorsed by that body is inadequate to fund the response effort.
The Chief Executive said the government intends to secure funds from the World Bank, African Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund as it has encouraged bilateral partnership with these institutions.
In a communication dated September 22 to the Senate, Sirleaf indicated that she wants these institutions to increase and accelerate their support to the United Nations agencies and international non-governmental organizations to whom they give direct support.
According to the Liberian leader, the emergency request of US$20 million was based on initial assessment of the virus by authorities of the Joint Task Force and the Health Ministry, adding, “My request is also based on additional US$5m projections made by implementing ministries for the period of September 2014.
The letter quotes the Ministries of Health as projecting US$3,376,995.96; Defense seeking US$352,000.36; Information requesting US$37,000.50 and the Liberia National Police US$79, 000.99.
Additionally, the Bureau of Immigration projections stood at US$78,000.75; with the Ministry of State at US$82,000.50; Ministry of Internal Affairs at US$184,000.95; while the project command center is projecting US$100,000 summing up with the Ministry of Gender and Development at US$11,000.05.
“A Comprehensive report will be prepared presented to the National Legislature at the end of the period,” the President said.
However, the Senate has set discussions of the President’s letter for Tuesday, September 30, 2014, during its regular sessions.
Recently, the Senate concurred with a communication from the House of Representatives for the approval of US$20million as Ebola Emergency Funds.