Rep. Paye Wants Colleagues ‘End Business As Usual’

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GBARNGA, May 31 (LINA) - Bong County Representative Lester Paye is calling on fellow lawmakers to eschew “business as usual” and ensure the implementation of Article 34d of the Liberian Constitution.

The article calls for the origination of the National Budget from the National Legislature and not the Executive.

Making remarks at a two-day conference organized by a US-based Bong County Citizens group in Gbarnga on Friday, Paye described the waiver of this constitutional provision as improper, saying it is time for lawmakers to reclaim this right.

Representative Paye has, meanwhile, stressed the need for all patriotic citizens to support the inclusion of the proposed US$73 million in the National Budget for district development.

According to the Bong County lawmaker, this money, when passed into law, will be used by the Executive Branch of Government to implement projects identified by locals.

The proposed US$73 million that emanated from House Speaker J. Alex Tyler has received the overwhelming support of members of the lower House but failed to obtain the concurrence of the upper House of Senate for passage into law.

When passed into law, US$1 million will be allotted to each of the 73 electoral districts in the country, without taking into consideration the size or population of the district.