Bong County Electoral District # 6 Representative Adam Bill Corneh has threatened to file a lawsuit against the county administration for allocating over US$250, 000 for projects without consulting him and citizens of the district.
Making the disclosure to the Liberia News Agency (LINA) in Salala recently, Corneh accused the county administrators of agreeing to withdraw funds from the district’s coffers to implement several projects without the inclusion of citizens and vowed to take the administration to court.
The Bong lawmaker pointed out that the decision taken by the county administration contravenes the law, stressing, “I will not sit and watch the county authorities take advantage of the people of Salala.”
It can be recalled that Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy and an array of county officials on October 19 arranged a meeting in Salala where it was announced to the citizens that the amount of US$250,000 was earmarked for five projects in the district.
During the meeting, the county leadership told the citizens that part of the money for the projects will come from the district’s share of the County Development Fund (CDF).
However, Representative Corneh said “the people of Salala are not little children for decisions to be made for them without their involvement,” and wondered how the county leadership arrived at such a figure from an amount that is yet to be announced.
“The county authorities at the last County Sitting allotted US$50, 000 for projects in Salala District which are yet to be implemented; and for Supt. Mappy and her officials to allot an extra US$250, 000 from the district’s coffers to implement projects in the same district is a trick that will not be accepted,” Rep. Corneh asserted.
When contacted, Bong County Development Superintendent Anthony Sheriff said citizens of Salala District are fully aware of the five projects.
According to Sheriff, it was the citizens who suggested to the county leadership to expand the Salala Clinic, renovate the Martha Tubman School and construct the Totota and Fehla community halls as well as construct the Donfah Elementary School, and not the county leadership, as claimed by Representative Corneh.
Mr. Sheriff, however, neither confirmed nor denied whether the county administration officially informed Representative Corneh about the projects and the decisions reached.