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Bomi Commissioners Chide Exclusion From CDF Meetings
By David Pamas Seedee, LINA Bomi County Correspondent
TUBMANBURG, February 22 (LINA) – Commissioners of the five districts in Bomi County have expressed dismay over their ‘exclusion’ from the County Development Fund (CDF) meetings by local authorities.
The Commissioners told the Liberia News Agency recently that they have been constantly denied access to meetings that have to do with the development of the county.
The CDF is an annual allotment from the National Budget in the amount of US$200,000 given to each county to spur development projects.
The use of this amount and the monies collected from concessionaires in the county as corporate social responsibility is discussed at the County Council Sitting bringing together all stakeholders in the county.
Commissioners Alfred Zinnah and Aaron Gbomah of Klay and Tehr districts respectively said all meetings pertaining to the CDF projects were held in Monrovia by Superintendent Samuel Brown and the County Legislative Caucus, leaving them out.
Commissioners Zinnah and Gbomah alleged that since the government allotted some money two years ago, there has been no discussion with the commissioners as to how the money will be used to implement the projects earmarked by the county authorities.
The two men pointed out that because Commissioners are not involved in the meetings, they are not in the position to adequately inform the chiefs and other citizens of their respective districts on the status of development projects.
When contacted, Bomi County Superintendent Samuel Brown did not deny the commissioners’ claim, but said the county authority has not received official complaint from the commissioners.
He cautioned the commissioners to exercise restraint and at the same time called for a dialogue to resolve the issue.