CDA Wants Gov’t Up Its Budget
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, Feb 5 (LINA) -The Cooperative Development Agency (CDA) is appealing to Government to increase its budgetary allotment in the 2014/2015 National Budget to enable the agency effectively and efficiently carry out its mandate.
CDA Deputy Registrar General, Eric Vincent, said due to low budgetary allotment, the cooperative is not able to move around the country to transform some of its associations.
Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Wednesday, Mr. Vincent said the agency’s budgetary allotment before the Liberian civil crisis was over US$2 million and that the agency had a workforce of nearly 200 persons.
“But now we are operating with a budget of US$200,000 with only 50 persons currently in our employ and only two vehicles. Seriously speaking, this situation is tremendously hindering the operations of this Agency,” Mr. Vincent said.
He emphasized that the CDA is understaffed due to the budgetary constraint, and that this is seriously affecting the operations of the Agency.
Mr. Vincent said with the appropriate budget the CDA will be able to transform all its associations into cooperatives.
He noted that when transformed into cooperatives the associations will contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.
The mission of the CDA, which was established in April 1981, is to facilitate the formation of farm and community-based associations throughout Liberia, into formal cooperatives to the extent of pooling and using their resources into manageable and viable enterprises.