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Fuamah Citizens Target Three Projects For CDF Funds
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Fuamah Citizens Target Three Projects For CDF Funds
By Philip T. Singbah LINA, Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, September 11 (LINA) - Citizens of Fuamah District in Bong County have overwhelmingly agreed to use their share of the County Development Fund (CDF) to undertake three major projects in the district.

The projects are the rehabilitation of roads in the four clans, construction of a clinic in Bong Mines and guest houses in Dublin and Yarbayong Clans in Bong County.

The citizens took the decision at a development meeting held in Handii recently, which was chaired by the District Commissioner Hampton Giddings.

The meeting brought together women and youth representatives, elders, traditional leaders and the district’s Representative in the House of Representatives, Corpu Barclay.

Making the disclosure to the Liberia News Agency (LINA) in the district Thursday, Commissioner Giddings said residents from each of the five clans in Fuamah held separate meetings and took their resolutions to the meeting.

At the meeting, Representative Barclay blamed the underutilization of the CDF for the development of Fuamah and Sanoyea Districts to internal wrangling among the county’s Caucus and political leaders.

She, however, noted that discussions are being finalized to enable Fuamah and Sanoyea Districts receive significant portion of the Social Development Fund (SDF) because they are mostly affected by China Union operations, but stopped short of saying what the exact amount could be.

The bickering amongst Representatives Barclay, Bill Konneh and Senator Jewel Taylor over who gets the lion’s share of the US$300,000 allocation to Fuamah, Sanoyea and Salala Districts from the SDF has lasted for over four years, a situation which has resulted to the abandonment of several projects.

Senator Taylor and Representative Konneh want the money to be equally distributed among the three districts, but Representative Barclay insists that Fuamah and Sanoyea Districts should receive the highest portion of the funds.

The internal bickering among leaders of the county over the money in 2013 led to the placement of a moratorium on the allocation of funds to the three districts from the China Union SDF by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

China Union in 2011 won the bid to extract iron ore from Bong Mines for twenty-five years, an investment valued at US$2.6 billion. China Union pays over US$1.5 million annually to Bong County as social contribution.
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