LIBERIA: US$4M Reportedly Intended For Public Schools Reportedly Vanished

From L-R, Minister of Finance Samuel D. Tweah and Prof. D. Ansu Sonii, Minister of Education

According to a local online outlet, confusion is said to be brewing between the  ministries of Finance and Development Planning and Ministry of Education about US$4 million allocated in 2018/2019 National Budget intended to refurbish public schools across the country is said not to be accounted for.

According to the online, the Smart News, quoting sources, said its has been  alleged that under the 2018/2019 Public Sector Investment Project appropriation, the Ministry of Education was allocated US$4 million for infrastructures improvement and expansion, including the renovation of 33 public schools and refurbishing of 15 science laboratories in secondary schools, including the purchase of 78,000 pieces of chairs for use by public schools across the nation.

With the 2028/19 fiscal years already elapsed, according to the source, there is growing concern as to why no single school is yet to benefit from the exercise as magnified in the 2018/2019 national budget.

It can be recalled, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah commenting on the issue a few months back this year, indicated that the amount was never used for the intended purpose in the 2018/2019 budget disclosing renovation of public schools and science laboratories will be carried out in 2020/21 National Budget.”

Howbeit, a well-placed official at the Ministry of Education who asked Smart News for anonymity claimed the Ministry of Education did not receive that amount and the physical condition of schools in and around Monrovia can attest to what he saying.

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