Despite quickly collecting his share of the money, Margibi County Senator Emmanuel Nuquaye says, it was not prudent for Legislators to receive funds from the National government for the implementation of individual projects.
“Basically, that’s how it was before I got there. If I were there during such a decision, I would have suggested another thing instead of money going to individual Lawmakers for project” Nuquaye adds.
It can be recalled that last week, the finance ministry dished out the second phase of USD $30,000 thousand intended for “Legislative Engagements Funds” in their constituencies.
The decision has been greeted with mixed reactions from members of the public, some of whom feel that said funds would have been diverted to strengthen the health and other sectors, while others believed it is necessary because of the huge burdens shouldered by each legislator in their various constituents.
However, Senator Nuquaye said, as Legislators, they have the oversight responsibility to advocate for projects to be directed in their communities through various committees during each budget year, rather than giving cash for the direct implementation of projects.
He wants the government of Liberia through the national legislature, to apportion such funds appropriately in the near future, if they must use their rules and orders to govern that august body. The Margibi County Senator spoke to journalists recently, when he attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a mini-clinic in Totota, lower Bong County.