Liberia, located in West Africa, is the oldest country on the African continent, with the current population at 5,177,391 as of Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
Being rich in natural resources, more people spent their time on the farm as a means of making their daily meal, while others strive for quality education to get good jobs, which is unfortunately hardly realized. As a result, the poverty rate is on the increase, with limited jobs, poor infrastructural development, lack of health care, and violence taking center stage in the country.
Despite all of this confronting the country, there seems to be no intervention from both past and current leaders as it relates to the well being of those that elected them.
They are seen making laws in their interest and thereby leaving the masses in abject poverty.
As it can be recalled, in the 2020/2021 fiscal budget, the government of George weah allocated US$3,600,000 to 103 lawmakers of the national legislature as a way to enhance legislative engagement and projects.
According to report published by the New Dawn,
the so-called “legislative engagement” is a budget line which falls under the public sector investment project. According to the established statute, there is an autonomous agency which was established on July 22, 2004, called the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), which has to statutorily mandate through communities/constituencies.
But on the contrary, lawmakers chose to make the law in their interest, despite US$9,833 being received by every s
Senator for a constituency visit.
Recently, every member of the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate received $15k for legislative projects.
Despite that, we have not dealt with the third wave of COVID-19 in the country and several challenges citizens are confronted with.
This clearly shows that members of the legislature do not care for the people, nor do they care for the country which they believe to be representing. While staffers at major agencies are protesting for the little they are working for, these people are there fighting for themselves.
Dakpannah-24 News Commentary, Written By: Faith D. Dolo