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Lofa Youths Frown On Caucus, Local Officials For ‘Poor’ County Sitting
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Lofa Youths Frown On Caucus, Local Officials For ‘Poor’ County Sitting
By Korboi K. Gbelewala, LINA Lofa County Correspondent

VOINJAMA, August 22 (LINA) - A local youth group, Lofa Progressive Youth Alliance (LPYA), has expressed disappointment over the “poorly conducted” 2015-2016 County Council Sitting led by the county’s Legislative Caucus and local officials.

LPYA Chair James Akoi said the Sitting, which is supposed to be open to stakeholders, was first held behind closed door by the Caucus and county officials for more than four hours before proceeding to the William V.S. Tubman County Hall.

The County Council Sitting is a forum where stakeholders convene to discuss and allocate funds to areas of development from the County Development Fund (CDF) and Social Development Fund (SDF).

The CDF is an annual allocation of US$200,000 to each county from the national budget while the SDF is monies given each county by concessionaires in keeping with concession agreements and their corporate social responsibility.

Akoi noted that due to the late start of the Sitting, many of the stakeholders were not afforded the opportunity to express their grievances and views on issues they claimed are affecting the growth and development of the county.

The youth group chair described the action by the Caucus and the local
authorities as “unfortunate,” noting that such act by the county officials has the propensity to undermine the building of confidence in the leadership.

Akoi named the scraping of a Black Stone generator and yellow machines as being among several key issues Lofians expected to have been highlighted at the sitting but were not touched.

Meanwhile, Akoi is calling on the citizens and county leadership to ensure that future County Council Sittings are properly conducted to attract cross-section participation and build credibility in the process.
LINA KKG/PSN/PTK

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