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Senate wants realistic, achievable budget for 2015/2016

Joseph Sayon/Benjamin S. Taingay
The seat of the Liberian Senate
The seat of the Liberian Senate

( 25, 2015)-The Senate Defense, Security and Intelligence Committee wants a realistic and achievable budget for the National Security.

The Committee wants the budget consider issues of County, regional, hot spots, among others.

It has therefore instructed Liberia’s Justice Minister and Joint Security Chairman to report to it within two weeks to provide a realistic and achievable budget, covering the current fiscal period, for the sector.

The Committee’s instruction was contained in its recent report to the Senate Plenary at the Capitol in Monrovia.

It said: “The over US$76-million in the 2015/2016 budget intended for Liberia’s security sector alone is very huge.”

At the same time, the Senate Committee on Defense, Security and Intelligence says the proposed UNMIL drawdown plan has huge financial implication of over US$104-million.

“Such huge financial implication needs serious lobbying for international support,” the Committee emphasized.

The United Nations Mission in Liberia Drawdown Plan was developed by the Liberian Government and the UN Mission. The Committee was recently mandated by the Senate Plenary to report to it on the current status of Liberia’s security.

Plenary’s mandate followed concern raised by Grand Bassa County Senator, Nyonblee Lawrence, about the status of the country’s Security before and after the UNMIL drawdown process.


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