President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Wants More Time To Submit Draft Budget
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe, LINA
MONROVIA, April 23 (LINA) -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has requested the National Legislature to extend the deadline for the submission of the draft budget for Fiscal Year 2015/2016 from April 30 to May 31, 2015.
She hoped that additional time to submit the budget will allow the government to find the needed resources to meet the challenges Liberia now faces as it recovers from the Ebola crisis.
The President’s request was contained in a communication to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler dated April 22 and read in session on Thursday, April 23, 2015.
The Liberian leader noted that while the unified effort of the government in confronting the Ebola Virus Disease has resulted in its virtual eradication, the economic impact of the outbreak will last long after the country is declared Ebola free.
“With three weeks left to present the draft budget for legislative deliberations, it is our considered view that more time is required to consult with our development
partners. In this vein, I request for an extension of the deadline for the submission from April 30, 2015 to May 31, 2025,” President Sirleaf said.
She lamented that the impact of the disease on all the nation’s vital institutions, especially health, education, and social infrastructure, is grave, thereby severely weakening the country’s service delivery capacity.
“These economic effects already have budgetary repercussions, which will continue to impact our efforts to restore those affected social services and institutions,” the Chief Executive noted.
Following the reading of the communication, plenary forwarded it to the committees on Ways, Means and Finance, and Public Accounts and
Expenditure for review, with no timeframe to report.