Liberia: United Bong County Association in the Americas Commends County Legislative Caucus for Electing Female to Leadership

MONROVIA — The Executive Leadership, Board of Directors, and General Membership of the United Bong County Association in the Americas, Inc., is commending  members of the Bong County Legislative Caucus for electing Representative Moima Briggs-Mensah as the first female chairperson of the Bong County Legislative Caucus.

 “We congratulate Representative Briggs-Mensah and wish her well in her new role. We also congratulate Representatives Albert Hills Jr. and J. Marvin Cole, who were elected as Co-chair and Secretary General respectively.”

Representative Briggs-Mensah’s election as chairperson of the Bong County Legislative Caucus sets forth historical precedent and a significant achievement for women’s participation at the highest level of the County legislative governance. “We hope that the Caucus’ decision on February 8, 2022, to elect Representative Briggs-Mensah will help bring the Bong County legislative body together to work for the greater good of our beloved County and its people.

“We are confident Representative Briggs-Mensah’s professional expertise and four years of working experience in the National Legislature will serve as vital resources to bring unity and help transform the Caucus into an effective serviceable body for the collective good of our County.”

The organization believe that the development challenges facing Bong County are enormous and as a direct representation of the people, it is important draw the legislative caucus’ attention to the growing demands from the citizenry for basic services and accountability. “Therefore, we ask you to be motivated to work collectively to address the challenges facing our beloved County.”

The findings of the recent research report on the Bong County Social Development Funds Accountability Project (BCSDF ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT), which was conducted by three civil society institutions, Media and Civic Education Rural Liberia (MACE-Rural Liberia), Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), and Development Education Leadership Training in Action Human Rights Foundation (DELTA-HRF), highlights some of the major concerns with Bong County’s resources mismanagement.

The report alleged the mismanagement of public funds intended for projects and the awarding of contracts outside the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) guidelines. As a strategic partner to Bong County Development, the UBCAA calls on the new Caucus leadership to begin taking concrete actions to ensure anti-graft institutions in the Country thoroughly investigate these allegations. 

“We are also concerned that since 2018, there has not been a County Development Council Sitting to allow citizens and civil society institutions to participate in the decision-making process for development projects and funding allocations. We humbly request the new Caucus leadership to begin working with the local County’s administration to schedule the County Development Council Sitting to allow citizens to set development priorities for Bong County. 

“As stated in our January 20, 2022 recommendations to the Bong Legislative Caucus, the UBCAA will continue to partner with all stakeholders in Bong County to support the County’s development initiatives, especially investment in both human and capital resources. We want to humbly remind the Caucus of our recommendations that highlight critical development needs in Bong County, which include the following which include;

The Bong County Technical College (BCTC), Budgetary Allocation to all critical healthcare institutions in Bong County, Increment in Budgetary Allotment to Gbarnga City Corporation and Increment in Budgetary Allotment to Gbarnga City Corporation as well as UBCAA Representation at the County Sitting.

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