President Weah To Spend US$25M To Rescue COVID-19 Affected Counties, Pays Gov’t Obligated Bills  

Liberian President, George Manneh Weah

As Liberians murmur over their livelihood during the observing of the State of Emergency for 21 days, President George Manneh Weah has planned to use  US$25 million to support food distribution to households in designated affected counties for the period of 60 days.

According to report, the full costing to cover this period in affected and other areas may add up to around $40 million. The World Bank has agreed to finance this gap off-budget to the tune of US$10 million).

The Government intends to have the World Food Program implement this program in collaboration with the Government. A check of US$4 million dollars paid to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), representing a significant settlement of Government arrears to the entity.

The Liberian leader also proposed to the Legislature that Government takes up the electricity bill of households in the affected counties for the duration of the STAY-AT-HOME order, and further proposed a similar support for the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation.

Concluding, President Weah proposed to the Legislature that the Government fully pays the loans owed by market women, and petty and small traders in affected counties as part of the requested budgetary reallocation.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.