By Bill W. Cooper
Montserrado County District #6 Representative, Samuel R. Enders has vowed not to sign the 2020/2021 fiscal year national budget without students’ scholarship and funds for districts development.
Addressing a news conference yesterday at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia, Rep. Enders said for the last three years, they have consistently advocated and voted for the inclusion of District Development Funds, but his district has not benefited from a single allotment over the period.
According to him, said action is totally wrong and should not be tolerated, emphasizing that if his constituents cannot benefit from the national budget, then there should be no need that he affixes his signature to the budget.
He indicated that it will be unrealistic and very wrong for members of the House of Representatives to sign a budget that will not include scholarship as part of the District Development Funds, stressing, “It is not about someone fighting; it is about the government knowing that they must develop these districts.”
“The reality is that, since I became lawmaker, we have not received a dime though we continue to put it there, it’s not coming forth at all. This act is not fair to the residents of District # 6 as well as constituents in other districts. When Former President Sirleaf was in power, funds for scholarships and the development for districts and counties were always available,” Rep. Enders wondered.
“Because we represent the people and I think the people voices are not being listened to by refusing to make available the funds and providing for them what is needed instead, you are doing something different,” the Montserrado County lawmaker stated.