Members of the House of Representatives have mandated the Leadership to invite the Ministry of Finance Development Planning on claims of alteration in the 2024 National Budget Law.

Plenary reached the decision Thursday, 6 June 2024 during the 7th day sitting based on a communication from Hon. Clarence G. Gar of Electoral District 5 Margibe County. In his letter, the Lawmaker claimed that illegal alteration was made in the 2024 National Budget Law and asked his colleagues to recall it.

Rep. Gar made specific example to a decision that the Legislative Budget Office (LBO) be replaced by the Public Account Committee.

โ€œ๐‘ฐ๐’• ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’†๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† 2024 ๐‘ต๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’…๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐’…๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”, ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’…๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’.๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’‰ ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’„๐’• 2, ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ช๐’๐’–๐’๐’•๐’š ๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† 2024 ๐‘ต๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’…๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’˜ ๐’‚๐’“๐’†๐’˜๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’ ๐‘ณ๐‘ฉ๐‘ถ ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’“๐’†๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’†๐’… ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰๐‘ท๐‘จ๐‘ช ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’–๐’๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’๐’–๐’”๐’๐’š ๐’—๐’๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’‚๐’”๐’”๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’๐’๐’‚๐’˜โ€. The Margibi lawmaker stated.

Following the floor debate, plenary agreed upon a motion from Hon. Ivar Jones that the communication be forwarded to the House Leadership to handle the matter and that Ministry of Finance appear with copy of the Budget within one week.

Meanwhile, it appears that Rep. Gar is in error, as a motion from one house of the legislature can’t supersede a law. According to the law which created the LBO and the PFM, the LBO has the statutory responsibility. 

Though Representative ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’‰โ€˜ motion ๐’˜๐’‚๐’”๐’–๐’๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’๐’–๐’”๐’๐’š ๐’—๐’๐’•๐’†๐’… at the House of Representatives, sake did not applyat the Senate prior to the passage of the budget.

The Plenary of the Liberian Senate on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, unanimously concurred with the House of Representatives for the passage of the 2024 National Budget, tallying US$738,859,827.

The passage by the Senate during the final sitting of the Special session included adjustments and discovery of additional revenue envelope of US$46,451,000.

In his report before the Senateโ€™s concurrence, the Chairman of the committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget, Bong County Senator, Prince K. Moye, disclosed that there was an adjustments to domestic debt obligations creating a net fiscal space of US$ 96,101,000.

According to Chairman Moye, key considerations were given to Social Development US$15.5million, Security and Rule of Law US$12.3 million, Infrastructure and Basic Services US$ 8.9 million, Municipal Government US$7.4 million, Energy and Environment US$ 7.1 million, Agriculture US$ 3.4million, Education US$3.3 million, Transparency and Accountability US$1.7million, including Industry and Commerce US$1.6 Million, as well US$4million for rehabilitation of disadvantaged youth (Zogoes) respectively.

During their individual inputs on the national envelope, Senators expressed concerns over Budget misuse and vowed to strengthen oversight to ensure it serves the best interests of the Liberian State and the Citizenry.

According to a Senate Press Release, the 2024 fiscal envelop which was itemized will ensure the allotment of 25 percent of the Road Fund for the purchase of road equipment for all counties for maintenance purposes.

Accordingly, all revenue collected from the road fund shall be presented to the road authority by the Ministry of Finance and development Planning of which 5% shall be for administration of the Road Fund. The budget was later signed by the President.

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