LIBERIA: Commissioners Threatens To Boycott Bong Development Sitting

The Commissioners Council of Bong County has threatened to boycott this year's development council sitting if funds allocated for the development of districts are not disbursed to complete projects.

It can be recalled that delegates at the Bong County Development Council Sitting in March 2014 and April 2015 passed a resolution to allot US$50,000 to each of the 13 administrative districts to implement development projects.

In an interview with the Liberia News Agency Monday, the Chairman of the Council, Claude Saul, said the county leadership is yet to provide the money and that several incomplete projects around the county were depreciating daily.

Saul, who is also Suakoko District Commissioner, named some of the projects as commissioners’ residences, community town halls and schools as well as rehabilitation of feeder roads and bridges, among others.

He also expressed frustration over the slow pace of construction work on the Suakoko District commissioner’s residence which, according to him, started in

2013 but is yet to be completed.

He called on the county authority to speed up the project.

When contacted Tuesday, Bong County acting Superintendent Anthony Sheriff said although he was not responsible to disburse funds for projects, he was consulting the Fiscal Affairs Superintendent Fatu Sumo and other members of the Project Management Committee on the matter.

The increase in the number of incomplete projects in Bong County continues to raise concerns among residents with many questioning the prudent and judicious use of the county development funds.

The incomplete Bong County Technical College facility and the proposed pavement of streets in Gbarnga received an allotment of over US$3.3 million at the 2015 Development Council Sitting, but the pavement is yet to commence while disagreements over the use of funds intended for the college facility continue among the leadership.

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