Chiefs Want US$7m Budget
Traditional leaders and chiefs in Liberia are asking for US$7m to conduct their affairs and collaborate with government in the promotion of peace and national reconciliation.
The Chairperson of the National Traditional Council of Liberia Zanzan Kawah made the request to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia when the Liberian leader signed into law two bills, one establishing the National Traditional Council of Liberia and another creating the post of Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal and Financial Management.
Chief Kawah maintained that if the government can allot US$20m for youth empowerment, the traditional leaders should be supported.
He members of the council will tour the length and breadth of Liberia to promote peace and make sure that traditional institutions such as the Poro and Sande operate in dignity by avoiding forceful initiation and not allowing their activities to coincide with the official academic calendar so that parents who may desire to send their children to the traditional institutions would do so when schools are closed.
The signing ceremony was characterized by traditional songs and dances rendered by women groups from the various counties in attendance. In response, President Sirleaf said the amount being requested by the chiefs is too much, saying “You know baby have to crawl before it can walk.”
President described both bills are manifestation of her government’s commitment to the decentralization policy launched in Salala Bong County early this year. She noted that the Act creating the position for Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal and Financial Management is to ensure proper management of the county and social development funds.