LIPA Boss Wants Budgetary Allotment Upped

By Ballah M. Kollie
The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Bill Twehway, says increase budgetary allocation to the entity by the National Legislature will enable it address pressing issues.
Speaking to journalist following a site visit at the weekend, Director Twehway hinted that unless the LIPA allotment is increased, they will not be able to do other things, including the construction of the only access road which could lead to a halt of its ongoing project.The “Shine Project” value over U$4 million is a sustainable high impact infrastructure for education and agriculture.
Funded by money from the American people through USAID, paper works and subsequent construction of LIPA’s new training center began February 2017.
The facility is in Doemah Town on the highway of the Robert International Airport in Margibi County.
Twehway has at the same time promised to make the appropriate representation when defending the entity’s budget currently before the legislature.
He also wants USAID to further extend its support to the project, noting, “Helping us to make this facility useful is key as you have seen you are investing huge sum of your country’s tax payers’ money.”
Director Twehway also cited the lack of power, furniture, equipment, books for the library as few of the many things for which money is needed.
Contractors JLN-B360 Liberian head, Jacob M. Fayah, hinted that unless the project 1.2 kilometer only access road is rehabilitated, the project could be halted thereby killing the morale of workers whom, he said, are zealous to complete the project in the next eight months.
The project is being implemented by construction firm JLN-B360 jointly owned by Liberians and Americans.
While the US Government is spending more than US$4 million, it is responsible for certain aspects, while the Government of Liberia will do its part.
It is recalled that at the start of the project, Engineers from the Armed Forces of Liberia were called in to construct the road that has been damaged due the rainy season.
The project is an initiative of then Director General Oblayon Blayon Nyema, who served the entity as Director for close to four years.
LINA BMK/PTK

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