Senate Passes Into Law The Restated and Amended National Road Fund Act

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The Act when concurred by the House of Representatives and approved by the President will ensure that the 15 Counties directly benefit from the money that is generated from the Road Fund.

The Plenary of the Senate resolved to have the bill passed on Tuesday, December 9, 2021, based on a motion proffered by Gbapolu County Senator, Daniel Flomo Naatehn, where each senator voted on a “yes or no vote”.

The main aim of the National Road Fund shall be the financing of roads and bridges maintenance works within the 15 Counties.

According to the document, there should also be an annual road maintenance program that must be prepared in consultation and collaboration with local government authorities.

The new Act passed by the Senate provides for an additional administrative layer for the National Road Fund Committee which includes, the Ministers of Finance and Development Planning, Public Works, Transport, Commerce and Industry, and the Manager of the National Road Fund.

Initially, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County reported on behalf of the Committee to the Plenary of the Liberian Senate that the National Road Fund Act has generated more than the US $20 Million annually since its enactment in 2017 but the monies generated have not been applied as the NRFA was intended.

The Grand Cape Mount County Senator further proposed to the Senate Plenary that the NRFA should be earmarked and dedicated to the maintenance of roads within Counties which was referred to in the draft Restated and Amended National Road Fund Act as “Intra-County Road Networks”.

The Senate Judiciary Chairman concluded by saying the 0.5% of the corpus of the Road fund shall be allocated and appropriated annually to fund the management and operations of the NRFSC especially financing programs to get County Superintendents and counties authorities to attend meetings of the NRFSC.

Following an intensive debate on the legislative instrument, the majority of the Senators voted that finances from the road fund be evenly distributed to all the 15 Counties.

The Act has been forwarded to the House of Representatives for its concurrence.

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