House Speaker Alex Tyler
Tyler Clears The Air On Independence Day Celebration
By Ballah M. Kollie, LINA
HARPER, April 4 (LINA) -House Speaker Alex Tyler has attributed the decision to cancel this year’s Independence Day celebration in three southeastern counties to the lack of money to fund projects earmarked by government.
Tyler told students of the Tubman University in Harper, Maryland County during an interactive forum recently that the day was to be co-hosted by Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties.
“It is not that we do not want to come here to celebrate with you, but our budget has been cut by more than 25 percent,” Speaker Tyler told the students.
The interaction took place under the Palava Hut on the Tubman University main campus in Harper where both Speaker Tyler and Senator Jewel Howard Taylor responded to several questions from the students.
They included scholarship, cuts in the university’s annual budget, cancellation of this year’s independence day celebration, the status of development, women and girls issues as well as government and the education
system, among others.
The cuts are attributed to the drop in the prices of iron ore and rubber, the country’s key export earners, from which huge taxes and other payments are generated to support to the National Budget.
According to the Speaker of the 53rd Legislature, all budgets, including the Independence Day celebration, could not be implemented with such a small budget.
Meanwhile, Speaker Tyler has cautioned citizens and government to add value to the country’s economy by diversifying it.
He said depending on the extractive industry alone will always result to such inconveniencing situation in the country.
His visit to Maryland County was intended to launch his Liberian People's Democratic Party and to identify an office facility to host the party.
Speaker Tyler stressed the need for Liberians and their government to venture into the manufacturing industry to create jobs and generate more revenues.