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Nimba Commissioners Want Seat On County Council
By Wellington G. Patrick, LINA Nimba County Correspondent

SANNIQUELLIE, June 4 (LINA) - The Commissioner of Sanniquellie Mah District, Gabriel Gbanlon, has called on the Nimba Legislative Caucus to include commissioners of the 17 districts across the county on the list of delegates at County Council sittings.

Commissioner Gbanlon, who is the spokesman of the Nimba County Commissioners Council, made the call in the county recently at a dialogue held between the Caucus and the county administration organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

He pointed out that it is unfair for the commissioners, who work in administration and implementation of local government projects, to be left out of local economic decision-making events of the county.

The Nimba County Legislative Caucus, which has the power under the budget laws to draw delegates to the forum, mandated the County Superintendent to exclude  the 17 administrative district commissioners from the past two sittings; thereby making them mere observers at those sittings.

Gbanlon said the application of the Social Development Fund without adherence to the Local Governance Act of the county by the Caucus does not only ridicule them but also places doubt on the synchronized downward trend which is the best practice in the implementation of the local fund.

“Before the Sitting, our citizens at a district meeting told us what their development priorities are and if for any reason those priorities are not captured at the sittings by the delegates, we are blamed for twisting the interest of the locals,” he said. 

Reacting to the call, Nimba County Electoral District # 8 Representative Larry P Younquoi noted that the selection of delegates to the Council Sitting remains the legal right of the Caucus in keeping with Article 9 of the Budget Law of Liberia and as such authorizations of such law are left to the discretion of the Caucus
and cannot be manipulated.

He, however, promised to take the commissioners’ plea to his colleagues for consideration since they have been left out of about two sittings now.

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