“Make NRF Autonomous” -NACSUL Calls On Gov’t

The National Civil Society Union of Liberia (NACSUL) called on the administration of President George Manneh Weah to give the National Road Fund of Liberia (NRF) an autonomous status in order to strengthen the institution to independently carry out its function and generate needed revenue for the government.

The NRF, headed by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Boniface Satu, was recently praised by national and international partners for standing the test of time posed by the economic difficulties experienced in the country during the COVID-19 at which time the NRF made strides among many other road fund management bodies in Africa.

In a release issued Thursday, August 4, 2022, the President of NACSUL, Amos B.S. Kanneh, said his call on the government to elevate the NRF to an autonomous status is based on the track records of the management which have proven the NRF capable to manage its own proceeds effectively. 

Mr. Kanneh said records have proved that the NRF has maintained a good financial record during these harsh economic realities prevailing, evident by recent comments by the CEO of the African Roads Maintenance Funds Association (ARMFA), Ali Ipinge, hailing Satu’s NRF for doing well than many other African road management bodies.

“The CEO of the NRF, along with his lieutenants, has been doing a great job at the entity; as such, it is only prudent that the government see reason to give the team a chance to perform without any hindrance.” Kanneh said, adding, “We would like to commend Representative Tibelrosa S. Tarponweh of Margibi County for championing the cause of giving the NRF an autonomous status. His farsightedness will forever be remembered in history,” Mr. Kanneh stated in the release.

According to the National Civil Society Union of Liberia, granting NRF an autonomous status could motivate the NRF team to amplify their works in generating more funds for government, as it will make them to know that people are watching their activities from afar.

NACSUL alluded to Representative Tarponweh’s communication to plenary to protect the entity, which stated, “Such protection will assure all Liberians [prudent] financial management by the NRF, and to avoid the excessive risk of losing focus from the primary objective of the proposed National Road Fund Administration. This is justified in the fact that it increases a substantial amount of independence of the financial and program management system.”

Mr. Kanneh reaffirmed his institution’s commitment and support to making the NRF an autonomous agency, and called on the National Legislature to treat Representative Tarponweh’s bill with emergency that will reduce the problem of bad roads in all of the fifteen counties, concluding in the release,  “Road is everybody’s business.”

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