HARBEL, Margibi â€“ Citizens in Margibi have praised one of the countyâ€™s senators, Oscar Cooper, over his recent call for 20% reduction in the benefits of lawmakers in the country.
Cooper has begun a campaign to reduce the total budget of the national legislature by 20 percent that will be given to the Ministries of Health and Education to attend to pressing priorities.
Setting the example, as recommended by the Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Cooper has vowed to give up 20 percent of his salary and allowance beginning this fiscal year. He said the amount deducted would be used to help citizens of Margibi in the areas of health and education.
â€œLet me say that I will deduct 20 percent of my salary and benefits every month beginning this fiscal period,â€ Cooper said.
He told The Bush Chicken in an interview that the US$ 38 million allotment to the legislature was purely unfair and must be halted.
Recently, following the call for a reduction, the Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Jallah, sarcastically encouraged Cooper to take the lead.
Jallah told a group of Journalists in an interview that Cooperâ€™s statements were embarrassing.
Meanwhile, citizens of Margibi have lauded their senator for his recent position. Tilberosa Tanponweh, who is campaigning to represent Margibi in the House, praised the senator for his position.
â€œSenator Cooper stance on this matter is appropriate and timely, especially in the midst of constant budget shortfalls in the countryâ€™s economy,â€ Tanponweh said.
He said it was inhumane for elected officials to allocate a huge sum of money and benefits for themselves while those they represent suffer in poverty and destitution.
According to Tanponweh, there are huge constraints in some sectors of the country. He cited low wages and salary for health workers and public school teachers and poor infrastructures among others.
â€œI am calling on every Lawmaker in the Republic to welcome the call of Senator Cooper rather than scaring him with suspension threats,â€ he said.
Forkpayea Mulbah, a student leader in Margibi, has also praised Cooper for his advocacy for fair budgetary allocation to especially health and education. The two according to him are key sectors to the survivability and improvement of any society and its people.
Mulbah encouraged Cooper to continue his advocacy and firmness of issues for the interest of the greater majority.
â€œI am admonishing the Senator to stand by his conviction and the truth for his people, we will stand by him,â€ he told The Bush Chicken on Monday.
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