The debate for the 2020 Budget has been very patriotic -Deputy Minister of Finance

The Deputy Minister of Finance, Patricia Laverley has described the just concluded debate on the country’s 2020 Appropriation Act by Members of the Sierra Leone Parliament as “patriotic”. She made the statement while giving her rounding up response on the various issues that the country’s law makers unearthed in the course of the country’s budget debate that lasted for three days in the well of Parliament. During those three allotted debate days, MPs from different sides of the political divide in the house of parliament flagged up criticisms and proffered possible solutions to apparent downsides in the country’s 2020 budget document. Laverley thanked the MPs on behalf of the President and the Minister of Finance for what she described as their constructive contribution and their insight to the provisions in the 2020 budget document. “Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members, you have actually made my job very simple because a lot of members favoured that budget; they agreed with us that the 2020 Budget was indeed a step in the right direction, you agreed with us that it was indeed the bread and butter budget,” she dilated. Laverley explained that when the Ministry of Finance presented the 2019 Budget, they made a total of about 216 commitments across 11 policy clusters. “As of September of this year, 86% of these commitments have either been completed or are on track,” she aptly disclosed.

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