Budget Hearing Begins Today -As Nat’l Leg. Scrutinizes US$532M for FY 2019-2020 Budget

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Public scrutiny of FY-2019/2020 draft National Budget commences today at the Joint Chambers of the National Legislature where the Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel Tweah, the Commission General of the Liberia Revenue Authority Thomas Nah-Doe, Foreign Minister Gbehzongai Finley and Civil Service Agency Director Laurine Wede Johnson amongst others will appear before the legislators to defend their respective allotments in the US$ 532 Million National Draft Budget; from the  Capitol Building, Sallu Swaray reports.

A press release signed by the Director of Press and Public Affairs of the House of Representatives, Isaac G. Redd, and distributed amongst legislative reporters says the Joint Committees on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning, and Public Accounts and Expenditures, of the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate are to conduct the hearing.

The legislative press release also said “the expenditure component of the proposed National budget is preceding [with] the conclusion a healthy discussion on the revenue envelope.” The release further said the hearing will commence at 10:00.

The release indicated that the Chairman of the Joint Committee, Rep. Thomas Fallah is requesting Heads of Government Ministries and State Owned Enterprises to submit copies of their 2018-2019 budget Performance Reports, statement of cash flows, statement of retained earnings and strategic plan as required by the Public Financial Management Law of 2009.

There are fifty government spending entities that are also expected to appear before the Joint Committee from August 21-September 2, 2019, the release further said.

Day-two of the hearing on Thursday August 22, 2019 will start at 10:00 AM when the Ministry of Health, the John Kennedy Memorial Hospital, the Phebe Hospital, Jackson Doe Hospital, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education, the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) will be appearing.

On Friday August 23, 2019, the University of Liberia, MCSS, William V. S. Tubman University, WAES, BWI, CARI will appear, while on August 26, 2019, the Ministry of Public Works, LBS, the Ministry of Postal and Telecommunication, the Ministry of Transport, Liberia Airport Authority, the Roberts International Airport and the Aviation Authority will appeared.

Similarly on August 27, 2019, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defense, the Liberia National Police, the Liberia Immigration Service, and the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency will face the National Legislature in the Budget hearing, while on Wednesday August 28, 2019 the Liberia National Fire Services; the Ministry of Youth and Sports; the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection; and the Ministry of Mines and Energy will face the public hearing joint committees.

August 29, 2019 will be the turn of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Identification Registry, the National Disaster Management Agency, the WASH Commission, the LWSC, and the LEC; as hearing for the General Auditing Commission, the National Elections Commission, the Public Procurement and Concession Commission, the Internal Auditing Agency, the LACC are scheduled for August 30, 2019.

Public scrutiny of the Draft Budget FY2019/2020 will conclude with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Labor, the National Bureau of Concession, the National Housing Authority as well as the National Investment Commission on September 2, 2019.

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