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No More US$30,000 for each senator - Pro Tempore Chie lauded for decisive stance

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Montserrado County Electoral District #9 Representative, Frank Saah Foko, Jr., has lauded the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Albert Tugbe Chie for removing the contentious US$30,000 from the budget line of the Liberian Senate, amid the suffering of the masses.

Rep. Foko’s commendation was contained in a communication dated January 13, 2022 and addressed to Senate President Pro Tempore Chie.

“I present my sincere compliments and herein extend my heartfelt appreciation to you for the decisive removal of the budget line item labeled as Legislative Project, which was intended to distribute Thirty Thousand United States Dollars ($30,000USD) to each lawmaker,” said the communication.

According to him, the Pro Tempore’s decision comes at a time when Liberians are concerned about the negative impact of the growing wave and variations of Covid-19 on their mental health and socio-economic well-being, and as such, it worth commendation.

“Therefore, your singular act of nationalism is commendable, instead of individual lawmakers enriching their homes with an elephantine Thirty Thousand United States Dollars. We are aware that this steadfast decision taken by you does not favor few of our colleagues,” he stated.

“For us, we consistently reminded you that the decision to give a whopping Thirty Thousand United States Dollars to individual lawmakers, whilst other basic needs within sectors of our country are not being met was ill-advised; as such, we are grateful that our advocacy for the prioritization of the needs of our people has been adhered to,” he furthered.

With the removal of the funds intended for “Legislative Project,” the Montserrado County lawmaker urged members of the Upper House of the Liberian Legislature to see wisdom in concurring with the House of Representatives on the passage of the “Free Tuition Bill.”

“We are very optimistic that when passed into law, our struggling students at the various public universities will have a secured future of pursuing their academic sojourn. As President George Manneh Weah continues to stress education should be a right for every child [and not] a privilege. Ultimately, I believe that investment in education is the best investment for our people,” Rep. Foko accentuated.

“As we continue to engage positively for our individual constituents, yea the Liberian populace, we look forward to many of such people center on decision from your Honorable office,” he added.

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