Vice President Joseph N. Boakai
VP Boakai Keen On Accountability For Huge Investments
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, September 13 (LINA) – Vice President Joseph N. Boakai is calling for a stronger framework to ensure accountability of huge investments in programs and projects implemented by government, development partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
He said a collaboration that will agree on a scorecard for mutual accountability will be used to judge the results of implementation of huge investments in the country.
“Both government and development partners should be held accountable for the huge sums of funds spent in the agriculture and other sectors for economic growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods of citizens,” Vice President pointed out.
He made the call in his keynote address at the start of a two-day Agribusiness Exposition held at the Monrovia City Hall Tuesday.
The occasion marks the final public event of the United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) project.
USAID FED is a US$75 million project with a five-year lifespan that began September 2012.
Meanwhile, VP Boakai has expressed regret that the agriculture extension component of the Ministry of Agriculture is not working.
He argued that unless farmers are guided by agriculture ministry officials about the extension component of the ministry, they will not acquire the required information and technology to purchase, process and transport their products for good returns.
He described the dilemma of the lack of markets for farmers to sell their produce as a crucial issue that must be addressed, if the country must become self-sufficient in food production.
In remarks at the program, Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses Zinnah expressed concern about the lack of sufficient staff to implement the ministry’s extension program.
At the same time, Dr. Zinnah indicated that arrangements are ongoing to link farmers by the use of effective technology.