Rivercess County District #2 Representative Francis S. Paye has again created steer among members of the 53rd House of Representatives, with the submission of a letter to plenary calling for the restoration of the county’s revenue collectorate in the area.
In a letter addressed to Speaker Alex Tyler, dated May 10, 2012, Rep. Paye, among other pertinent issues, raised concerns over how the Rivercess County Revenue Collectorate (510) has come to be rendered subservient over the years to Grand Bassa County without reference to the county’s current status by law.
He, through the citizens, observed that in spite of the historicity surrounding Rivercess County obtaining its present status, having been inclusive in governance processes under Grand Bassa County in time past, it was now time that the autonomy of the political sub-division be fully respected especially in the democratic dispensation.
Rep. Paye, one-time Superintendent of Rivercess County who represented his people in transitional arrangements in the past, is disgusted over the continuing subjugation of the sub-division to Grand Bassa County through revenue collection without the needed impact made on the lives of the citizenry, creating scenarios that the county has continued to remain the least-developed.
In his letter to Speaker Tyler, he indicated that “aggravated by the presence of a Revenue Judge but with no revenue collectorate thereat from which should arise matters appertaining thereto,” the county has over the years been bereft of employees, in spite of its transformation from a district to territory and now a county as a result of willful removal of the collectorate, thus creating unemployment and underemployment.
Against this milieu, and determined as the people of Rivercess County remain supportive of socio-economic development that has begun under the decentralized policy of national government, he asserts and prays that the Minister of Finance, Amara Konneh, be invited to provide justification for the continuing unhealthy development coming at a time when accountable and transparent governance mechanisms must be effectuated in achieving national objectives.
It is recalled that since sworn into office early this year, Rep. Paye has continued to unshakably divulge the opinions of his people at plenary, recording his vehemence at reporting uncompleted projects in the sub-division by the Ministry of Public Works, as well as calling for the establishment of offices by registered companies in areas of their operations in Liberia as jump-starts to reconstructing the war-wrecked nation.
The letter read at plenary in recent weeks was deliberated upon yesterday.