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Saturday, July 20, 2024

$700,000 RETREAT BY LIBERIAN SENATORS SPARKS FURY AMIDST UNPAID SALARIES

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MONROVIA – In a startling revelation, it has come to light that Liberian senators recently splurged a staggering US$700,000 on a four-day retreat held in the city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. This news has caused an uproar among the public, as lawmakers in the lower House continue to demand overdue salaries for nearly four months.

The retreat, which took place in the most expensive hotel in Buchanan, was attended by several senators. Each senator reportedly received a hefty sum of $13,000, according to a local radio station. Shockingly, it has been alleged by Spoon FM, a pro-government radio station, that Senator Darius Dillon and Senator Saah Joseph’s consumed a total of $26,000 during the retreat.

This extravagant expenditure by the upper house of parliament has raised concerns among the Liberian population, especially in light of President Joseph Boakai’s promises to alleviate hardship, combat corruption, and promote good governance. Citizens are questioning the appropriateness of such lavish spending, particularly when lawmakers in the lower House are struggling to receive their salaries.

As news of this lavish retreat spreads, the Liberian Senate has not yet responded to requests for comment. The public eagerly awaits an explanation from the Senate regarding the use of taxpayers’ funds for such extravagant purposes.

It is worth noting that Buchanan is the hometown of Senate Pro Tempore Nyonblee Karngar, adding another layer of controversy to the situation. Some citizens are concerned that this may be a display of favoritism or preferential treatment.

The revelation of this excessive spending by Liberian senators has further eroded public trust in the government’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparency. The incident underscores the need for greater accountability and oversight of public funds.

Critics argue that this extravagant retreat sends the wrong message to the Liberian people, who are already grappling with economic challenges and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They emphasize the importance of elected officials leading by example and prioritizing the welfare of the citizens they serve.

As the public expresses their dissatisfaction and concerns, it remains to be seen how the Liberian Senate will address this issue and regain the trust of the people. The spotlight is now on the Senate to provide a transparent account of the funds allegedly spent during the retreat and to take appropriate action to restore public confidence.

The Liberian people deserve transparency, accountability, and responsible stewardship of their tax dollars. Only through open dialogue, sincere action, and a commitment to good governance can the government regain the trust and confidence of its citizens.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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