LIBERIA: House Invites Amos Sawyer, Amara Konneh, George Werner

The House of Representatives has cited the Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos Sawyer, Finance Minister Amara Konneh and the Director-General of the Civil Service Agency, George Werner, to appear before it on Thursday, May 15.

The Representatives want Dr. Sawyer, Minister Konneh and Director-General Werner to provide an update on the transitional process leading to the merger of the Ministries of Finance and Planning and Economic Affairs into the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

According to the Liberia News Agency, Plenary reached the decision to invite the three men following the reading of a communication addressed to Speaker J. Alexander Tyler by Nimba County Representative Larry Younquoi, regarding the merger of the two ministries.

Younquoi in the communication stated that Dr. Sawyer and Minister Konneh are the leaders of the transitional team overseeing the merger of the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs.

He indicated that the Act that created the new Ministry of Finance and Development Planning gave the transitional team up to July 1, 2014 to complete the transition, taking into consideration a number of concerns raised in the report of the House’s Joint Committee comprising Good Governance and Government Reform, Judiciary and Planning and Economic Affairs.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this request could not have come at a better time, considering the fact that it is only barely two months to the end of said transition,” Younquoi said, adding, “therefore, there is a compelling need for us to have first-hand information on compliance matters.”

In another development, Representative George Mulbah of Bong County has requested Plenary to halt all small loans sought by government and set a benchmark of U$5 billion for government to negotiate on a loan basis to address the nation’s major development needs, with paving of roads to every county capital as a priority.

In a communication to Speaker J. Alexander Tyler dated May 6, 2014 and read Tuesday during the 25th sitting of the House, Mulbah said unlike Liberia, other nations of the world adopted a policy to acquire loans to address the overall development needs of the country, rather than engage in piece meal loan schemes that do not make much  impact.

The communication was discussed and forwarded to the Committees on Ways, Means and Finance, Public Accounts, Judiciary and Planning and Economic Affairs with the mandate to review it and report to Plenary in two weeks.

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