‘50K Spent on Buchanan Retreat’ -Senate Clarifies

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After Senator Dillion said they spent 50K, while Senate’s Spokesman Alfred Johnson said they spent 47K and Senator Konneh posted that they spent lesser than 70K for the retreat, the leadership of the Liberian Senate, led by Pro Tempore Sen. Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, has confirmed the amount of 50,000 United States Dollars used for the retreat. According to a release addressed to what the Senate termed as distortions and misrepresentations circulating in various media outlets and talk shows regarding the cost and intent of the Senate’s retreat held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Tempore Karnga-Lawrence said: “The retreat, which was attended by108 persons including Senators, securities and drivers, support staffs, protocol officials, directors of departments, retreat secretariat and facilitators, was organized with the aim of setting the Senate legislative agenda, focusing on Transparency and Accountability and audits of the Senate, decentralization of the budget including programs, digitization of the Senate and the review of the Senate rules, amongst others. The Liberian Senate wishes to state that contrary to the exaggerated figures reported by some individuals and media entities, the total cost of the four days’ retreat was $50,000 United States Dollars. This amount covered:

– Accommodation for all attendees

– Rental of conference halls

– Catering services

– Daily subsistence allowances (DSAs) for all support staff (excluding the Senators)

– Transportation

– Secretariat services

– Security arrangements

The leadership of the Senate unequivocally states that the retreat’s expenses were prudently managed and did not exceed the specified budget of $50,000. We challenge any individual or entity in possession of credible evidence to the contrary to come forward with their information. Call for Ethical and Balanced Reporting While the Senate recognizes and respects the vital role of the media as the watchdog of society, it is also imperative that the role of the media is executed with the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and accuracy.  Irresponsible and inflammatory reporting not only undermines the credibility of the media but also has the potential to sow unnecessary confusion and discord. We urge all media practitioners to adhere to the principles of balanced and fair reporting. Accurate journalism is crucial for maintaining public trust and fostering an informed citizenry.  The Senate remains committed to transparency and accountability and welcomes constructive dialogue and legitimate scrutiny from the media. The Senate leadership appreciates the public’s interest in its activities and reiterates its dedication to serving the people of Liberia with integrity and responsibility. We remain open to engaging with the media and the public to provide clarity and ensure that accurate information is disseminated.”  Source: Monrovia Latest News

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