Monrovia– The Liberian government and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf made much of its Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) show of its ingenuity and commitment to transform Liberia taking its suffering people out of poverty. A road trip to acquaint Liberians in the United the Liberian holy grill (PRS) took a strong Liberian government delegation to the United States touring states with concentrated Liberian population.
After years of the Liberian government much revered Poverty Reduction Strategy program, this outlet has stumbled across budgetary allocation for the 15 counties of Liberia. Striking revelation of the county budgetary allocation is the huge allotment to counties does not translate into programs and development those allotments were set aside for.
Below is the full budgetary allocation for the various counties from 2008 to 2011. Notable of all is the allocation for Grand Kru County is believed to be one of the least developed counties in the country has consistently received the biggest allocation with worst deterioration of their roads and infrastructure such that the county is inaccessible in some areas, cut off from civilization. The question appropriately deserve answering is “WHERE DID ALL THAT MONEY GO?
Liberian Government County Administration Budget – Ministry of Internal Affairs
The County Sub-programs provide resources and support to the offices of county superintendents and the county development programs in the 15 administrative sub-divisions of Liberia. Superintendents’ offices facilitate the work of other line ministries and development partners and manage the affairs of the county and coordinate development.
PROGRESS IN FY2008-09
1. Oversaw government administration at sub-national level and ensured that qualified staff are installed in executive positions;
2. Facilitated Conflict resolution in Maryland, Bong, Nimba and Montserrado Counties over land disputes.
MEASURABLE PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: FY2009-10
1. Construct ten Superintendents’ residences in ten counties (Bomi, Bong, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Margibi, Maryland, River-Cess and Sinoe);
2. Improve coordination of development projects and interventions of line ministries and development partners through stronger executive management and country level PRS committee mechanism;
3. Rehabilitate primary and secondary road networks;
4. Strengthen the monitoring/evaluation of County Development Agenda (CDA);
5. Provide Scholarships to needy students throughout the Counties.
LINK TO MAJOR STRATEGIC PLAN (PRS)
1. The County Development Agendas provide county-specified development objectives aligned with priorities identified in the PRS (Particularly road, education and health priorities identified in Chapter 9).
2. Continued mobilization and involvement of communities and citizens is consistent with Government’s support for civil society in Chapter 8 Agriculture improvement, Chapter 7) will be central to economic development in the counties.
EXPENDITURE BY SUBPROGRAM
Code Sub Program 2008-2009 Budget 2009-2010 Recommended
5-1-05-06-01 Bomi County 272,491 328,204
5-1-05-06-02 Bong County 314,915 384,526
5-1-05-06-03 Gbarpolu County 295,614 360,128
5-1-05-06-04 Grand Bassa County 305,205 345,538
5-1-05-06-05 Grand Cape Mount County 251,015 305,067
5-1-05-06-06 Grand Gedeh County 328,593 403,779
5-1-05-06-07 Grand Kru County 617,604 734,775
5-1-05-06-08 Lofa County 250,826 271,510
5-1-05-06-09 Margibi County 255,243 309,118
5-1-05-06-10 Maryland County 446,571 518,517
5-1-05-06-11 Montserrado County 304,073 341,691
5-1-05-06-12 Nimba County 461,390 546,699
5-1-05-06-13 River-Cess County 303,512 372,570
5-1-05-06-14 River-Gee County 324,052 363,788
5-1-05-06-15 Sinoe County 619,346 740,129