Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) Executive Director Roosevelt A. K. Woods
FIND, JPC Clarify Position
By Ballah Kollie, Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, March 12, (LINA) – Local NGO Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) and the Catholic Diocese of Gbarnga Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) have clarified that they do not intend to impede development in the county, but want to ensure that the right things are done.
The clarification comes in the wake of comments by Bong County Senator Henry Yallah, taking exception to the recent communication by the two organizations to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, on the decisions reached at the recent County Council Sitting.
The two rights groups in a letter dated March 5, 2014 requested the ministry not to honor resolutions derived from the March 1, 2014 County Council Sitting, citing violation of sections of the Budget Law of Liberia.
The right groups among others things said they see the allotment of US$250,000 for pavement feasibility study for Gbarnga Streets, allotment of US$40,000 for the County Administration’s operation, allotment of US$50,000 for each of 10 districts coupled with the allotment of more than US$125,000 for projects previously financed 90-95 percent, as violations and injustice to the common people of the land.
According to the groups, they want to see a Council Sitting that will entertain the full participation of all who will deliberate issues, and come up with their own resolution, and not one that will be suggested to them by county authorities.
It can be recalled that on Saturday, March 8, about a week after the County Council Sitting, Senator Yallah admitted to local journalists that there were some irregularities during the sitting, but described them as minor irregularities that can be corrected without a re-sitting.
The Bong County Council Sitting took place at the Gbarnga Administrative Building and brought together 91 delegates from all 13 districts of the county.
It was boycotted by Representative Korpu Barclay and her Fuamah delegates to protest the manner in which allotments were made during the sitting.