EU Gives US$2.5m To Maintain Bassa Road

By Janjay F. Campbell

The Deputy National Authorizing Officer at the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Jerry Taylor, has disclosed that the European Union (EU) has provided US$2.5 million to maintain the Cotton Tree –Buchanan Road for five years.

He made the disclosure yesterday at the European Union head office in Mamba Point during a press conference and that the money will be given to contractors who will clean the drainage and cut the roadside grass. He added that the EU development funds are controlled by the Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Taylor explained that during the Taylor administration the EU funds were not managed properly and because of that the EU put halt to funding projects in Liberia. He further said that in 2010 the relationship between EU and Liberia was again established.

He stressed that projects that are prioritized by the Government of Liberia are the ones the EU supports and the funds that the EU put into the budget is monitored by the EU to make sure that the money is being used for its intended purpose.

Discussing other issues, EU Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Madam TiinaIntelmann stated that the opening of negotiation for a Liberia-EU Fisheries Partnership Agreement which they hope to conclude relatively fast with Liberia will guarantee the sustainability of Liberian fishery sector.

The EU envoy is encouraging the Government of Liberia to make sure that their water is safe because EU will not resume security duty, because this is the Government’s duty. According to her, this will encourage development in Liberia’s fishery sector and the related food needed for the population and that it will also provide steady revenues for the country for fishery species that are currently not exploited illegally in Liberia.

Ambassador Intelmann stressed that the EU gives funds to the Government of Liberia to use wisely and that the Government needs implementing partners who will spend the money wisely and give good results.

She mentioned that with EU money they have stepped up direct support to the country’s budget to help the Government of Liberia cope with the extra costs induced by the fight against Ebola and its social effects and the reduced revenues because of the crisis.

The EU Diplomat also talked about the political dialogue that took place between the EU and Liberia on April 8th, 2015 in Monrovia. She stated that the political dialogue offerred unique opportunity to discuss about what Liberia needs and what the EU can offer.