Bong County Lawmaker, Josiah Marvin Cole Blasts Gov’t, Wants US$8M Apportion To Fight COVID-19

Randall George, GNN Legislative Reporter

Bong County Lawmaker, Josiah Marvin Cole

As the deadly coronavirus continue to ravage the Liberia, Bong County District #3 Representative, Josiah Marvin Cole has expressed dismay over the handling of the country’s current health situation.

The Bong County CDC lawmaker at a news conference Wednesday in Monrovia said, he is moved to speak on issues affecting the health sector.

Representative Cole said this deadly situation should draw the attention of the government, noting that this current health situation which he called as health emergency should claim the attention of the Liberian government in the protection of their citizens who are the majority.

Expressing his frustration about money not been appropriated in the draft special national budget that runs from July to December 2021 for the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease, Representative Cole said, to be unaware or insensitive to pass a budget without a special amount being set aside for the purchase of vaccines and test kits is unacceptable.

Meanwhile, Representative Josiah M. Cole is calling for an amount in a tone of at least eight million United States Dollars to be placed in the draft special national budget to be use to purchase vaccines to help vaccinate Liberians and foreign residents.

Representative Cole in his appeal called on Vice President Howard-Taylor, Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Senate Pro Temp Albert Chea, and all members of the 54th National Legislature to make sacrifices to ensure that cuts are made in their salaries for the purchase of vaccines.

Representative Cole continuously pleading said, “If we did cut in our salaries for harmonization, this is the time. This nation must be aware, that we have emergency”.

Representative Cole is a member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and heads the houses’ committee on ‘Rules, Order, and Administration’ and a senior member of the House of Representatives’ budget committee.

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