Gross Executive Negligence -Believes Governance To Be Business As Usual

When the Standard Bearer of the Unity Party (UP) and Chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Dr. Joseph     N. Boakai lashed out that president job is not for small boy, many critics and detractors stood very tall in the throat of former Vice President and side-stepped the cream of the applied logic, and only ran with what they convincingly and abruptly concluded as throwing out jab at the current leadership.

Also buttressing the statement made above by Ambassador Boakai, is a veteran statesman, Cllr. Pete Jallah added that government is not for children; it is for credible, responsible men and women devoted to providing genuine services to the state and people with uncompromised principles, and strict adherence to the constitution and the tenets of morality.

Moreover, it is often said that he who fails to prepare, obviously, is prepared to fail; as this has been practically vivid, despite changing the budgetary year from June to January to December, besides all the expensive noise caused about serious work being done on the budget, it is no surprise, say some political pundits that due to gross Executive Negligence, the national budget still has not been submitted to the National Legislature to perform its share of work, and then pass it into law with the full authority to be utilized for the enhancement  (underwrites) of the operations of government.

However, it has been reported that the President, Dr. George M. Weah has written to the House of Representatives, asking for 11 working days to enable it (Executive) submit the national budget. To Plenary.

Indeed, men of mental discipline, totally and seriously duty bound, and not dilly dally, considering the functionalities of government as very cardinal to the unwavering interests of the people coupled with the growth and development of the entire country; would not in any manner and fashion renege on their statutory mandate; thereby begging the Legislature to stay on for an extended 11 days as the Executive completes its work on the delayed budget for submission.

Amidst harbored public perception, when the lawmakers who cut short their traditional agricultural break, debunked such notion that they  were not sent for by the President to take care of some urgent national matters, which normally happened with attached cash benefit from the Executive when asked to use certain portion of their break to convene special session, either to pass or ratify  some urgent bills sent to the Legislature by the Executive or to perform some legislative function requested by the very Executive, but this time they have decided to rerun on their own volition to take care of some legislative work; although they left  without passing the most important national task- the budget, because the Executive had not submitted it, have now been asked to stay on for additional 11 days to  handle the budget and pass it when the Executive is done with it; sends a sad and disturbing signal, despite the Legislature previous reminder to the Executive about the submission of the latter, which must be done by the Executive without ever being reminded the least by the Legislature; is not only appalling, but gravely and definitely troubling.

While the Executive is, from the strike of any imagination, unable to convincingly present the reason why the national budget has been so delayed despite being cognizant of the binding obligations attached to the passing of the national budget for the overall function and thorough operations of the government, most critics are sending a caveat to the Executive that it must remember to demarcate Christmas from business; adding, Christmas is Christmas and business is business, and should strive as far as possible not to ever combine them; because the running of a government is far too bigger and different from running a family enterprise.

Critics also want the Executive to be mindful that it is not in the interest of the state, people nor itself to toy with the national budget, despite elevating it (budget) to US$700 million, it still requires ample time to do due diligence, carefully needing more time to study the budget, inviting heads and their deputies of the various government’s ministries and agencies to defend their respective  budgets; at the same, also needing time  to invite experts to scrutinize and make  informed decisions in the interest of the hopelessly crippled national budget before being passed into law to begin functioning, after the Legislature has completed its duty as sanctioned by the constitution before forwarding it to the Executive  (President) who  will then sign it to make it a legal instrument, whereby government can fully and smoothly operate, including underwriting the costs and expenses of goods and services and undertake its full-pledged obligations including short, medium and long terms developmental projects at home, payment of salaries of all government’s employees. Just to numerate a few.

But shockingly, it is outrageous that without submitting the budget much earlier, the Executive is now begging the Legislature to give it an extended 11 days to enable it submit the national budget to the House of Representatives before sending it to the Senate for concurrence; a manner that speaks volume. Make no mistake, all government’s functionaries rely on the national budget as the engine that powers their various operational enclaves individually to undertake their programs, and any delay in the process, will affect their plans of action in realizing their set goals.

Now, the Executive must apologize to the people for the serious delay to send the national budget to the Legislature.

-Writes GDJ

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