The Ministry of Local Government is yet to receive $150-million dollars to assist with its COVID19 response as promised by the Ministry of Finance.
The disclosure was made by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Marsha Henry Martin.
She was speaking during yesterday’s sitting of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, PAAC.
The Local Government Permanent Secretary says the money is earmarked to help vulnerable members of the population cope during the prevailing pandemic.
However, the Ministry has already reallocated amounts internally to assist with the COVID19 relief effort.
Mrs. Henry Martin says to date some 80 million dollars has been allocated mainly on poor relief and assistance to the elderly.
Member of the PAAC, Mikael Phillips, questioned if the 150 million would be good enough, considering what has already been expended ahead of receiving the funds.
However, Mrs. Henry Martin was unable to provide that information at this time.
Chevon Campbell for Nationwide News.